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Cancer. 2008 Sep 1;113(5 Suppl):1113-6. doi: 10.1002/cncr.23729.

Introduction to the supplement on cancer in the American Indian and Alaska Native populations in the United States.

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  • 1Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, Indian Health Service, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


The collection of papers in this Supplement combines cancer incidence data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program, enhanced by record linkages and geographic factors, to provide a comprehensive description of the cancer burden in the American Indian/Alaska Native population in the United States. Cancer incidence rates among this population varied widely, sometimes more than 5-fold, by geographic region.

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