California Increase in Asian American Women’s Breast Cancer

California Increase in Asian American Women’s Breast Cancer

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The incidence of breast cancer among Asian Americans in California has been on the rise since 1988, a long-term study revealed.

Researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) evaluated incidence trends by age and stage among women of seven major ethnicities between 1988 and 2013. These include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, South Asians (Asian Indians and Pakistanis) and Southeast Asians (Cambodians, Hmong, Laotians and Thai).

All groups showed an increased incidence for breast cancer except the Japanese, though they suffered the highest breast cancer rates.

Specifically, incidence rates among Koreans grew by 4.7% a year from 1988 to 2006. From 1988 to 2013, rates went up by 2.5% and 1.4% a year among Southeast Asians and South Asians, respectively.