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David Schottenfeld and Joseph F. Fraumeni

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.001.0001

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Migrant Studies

Migrant Studies

Chapter:
(p.189) 11 Migrant Studies
Source:
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
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LAURENCE N. KOLONEL

LYNNE R. WILKENS

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0011

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

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