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Asian Americans are more likely to get gastric cancer

Gastric cancer has a low incidence in the United States, affecting 8.1 males and females of all races per 100,000 based on SEER data from 20001. However, many Asian American ethnic groups have elevated incidence of gastric cancer that are overlooked and should merit additional screening. For example, in one study conducted by Miller et al. in 2008 found that Korean men were over 5 times and Japanese men were over 3 times as likely to have gastric cancer, disproportionately affecting 55.0 Korean men per 100,000 (95% CI) and 29.3 Japanese men per 100,000 (95% CI)2. Compared to their male counterparts, Korean and Japanese women are less likely to have gastric cancer but still have a greatly elevated risk in comparison to the overall incidence in the United States, affecting 26.3 Korean women per 100,000 (95% CI) and 15.0 Japanese women per 100,000 (95% CI) respectively2.


1Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program ( Research Data (1973-2015), National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, released April 2018, based on the November 2017 submission.

2Miller B., Chu K., Hankey B., et al. Cancer incidence and mortality patterns among specific Asian and Pacific Islander populations in the US. Cancer Causes & Control. 2008; 19(3): 227-256.

About Brian Leung

Tufts University, BS in Biology and Community Health

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