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Migrant Studies

LAURENCE N. KOLONEL and LYNNE R. WILKENS

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0011
Migrant Studies

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This chapter discusses the contributions of migrant studies to cancer research. Migrant populations have contributed essential information to research on the etiology of cancer. Foremost, they have shown the dominant role of environmental factors in determining cancer risk. Because the direction and magnitude of change in incidence vary by cancer site for each migrant group, these studies support the view that the major risk factors for various cancer sites also differ. In some instances, migrant studies have provided information on critical periods of life when risk factors are most influential. They have also suggested useful etiologic hypotheses, particularly those related to lifestyle, especially diet.

Keywords: migrant data; cancer research; cancer incidence; migrant populations; environmental factors; cancer risk

Chapter.  15757 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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