Occurrence of esophageal and gastric cancer in Alaska Natives, 1969-2003.

Steven R. Alberts, Janet J. Kelly, Anne P. Lanier, Frank Sacco

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Early reports of esophageal and gastric cancer in American Indians/Alaska Natives documented high rates. METHODS: Esophageal and gastric cancers in Alaska Natives were reviewed for 1969-2003 using the Alaska Native Tumor Registry database. Alaska Native incidence rates were age-adjusted and compared to rates of several US populations. RESULTS: The incidence of esophageal and gastric cancer has remained relatively stable during the 35-year period. Gastric cancer is higher than that seen in US Whites, Blacks and American Indians of New Mexico and similar US Asian/Pacific Islanders. Esophageal cancer incidence is higher than US Whites, Asian/Pacific Islanders and American Indians of New Mexico but similar to US Blacks. CONCLUSION: The rates of esophageal and gastric cancer in the Alaska Native population have remained high over 35 years. While the rate of gastric cancer has declined among US Whites, a similar decline has not been seen in Alaska Natives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-11
Number of pages10
JournalAlaska medicine
Volume48
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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