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Oral cancer incidence disparity among ethnic groups on Guam.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Pacific health dialog
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
1
Pages
153–154
Identifiers
PMID: 18181481
Source
Medline

Abstract

Although the prevalence of betel nut use among Chamorro residents of Guam is higher than that of other Micronesians residing on the island, the "other Micronesian" ethnic groups have a mouth cancer incidence rate more than double that of Chamorros. The reason for this apparent disparity in rates of mouth cancer incidence may be clarified by future studies focused on the frequency and method of betel nut use among these populations. Another possible explanation for this apparent disparity in cancer incidence rates could be that of migration to Guam for medical treatment.

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