high risk group

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A defined population subgroup that research has shown to be more likely than others to suffer from a condition of interest. For instance, many epidemiological studies have shown that cigarette smokers have higher incidence and death rates from lung cancer than do nonsmokers; smokers therefore are a high risk group for lung cancer. The term should be used with tact and care to avoid stigmatizing or “blaming the victim.”

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Environmental Science.

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