Indian American and Pakistani American males in the U.S. experienced a 2.9% annual increase in lung cancer diagnoses from 1990 to 2008, according to a recent study, at a time when lung cancer rates were declining overall in the general population.
And among Indian American and Pakistani American females, breast cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer in that period, with a 3% increase in diagnoses annually.
Cancer of the uterus, the third most common cancer among Indian and Pakistani American women in the U.S., also experienced a 3% increase in diagnoses from 1990 to 2008.
These are some of the stunning findings from the first cancer study that has been conducted on the eight largest Asian American groups in the U.S. over such a prolonged period of time.
The report, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was obtained by analyzing 13 Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results registries of the National Cancer Institute.
The eight Asian American cohorts studied were: Asian Indians/Pakistanis, Chinese, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Koreans, Japanese, Kampucheans (Cambodians) and Laotians.
The registries covered nearly 54 percent of the total Asian American population in the U.S. in the period, study co-author Scarlett Lin Gomez, a research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, told India-West.
Among Asian Indian and Pakistani women from 1990-1994, breast cancer was the leading cancer, followed by colorectal, uterine, lung and ovarian. In 2008, thyroid cancer was the fifth most common cancer for the first time.
Breast cancer increased in all Asian American women from 1990 to 2008, except for Japanese women.
Interesting statistics! Make sure you get your cancer screenings!