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Asian Am Pac Isl J Health. 2003 Summer-Autumn;10(2):108-13.

The absence of cancer prevention for the Thai population in the U.S.

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Doctoral Program in Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

In this paper, we assess the state of scientific study of cancer among Thais, one of the most underserved AAPI populations.

METHODS:

We reviewed published literature and a database of Federally-funded research in the United States.

RESULTS:

We found virtually no cancer-related research on the Thai population in the U.S. A review of the international literature, including studies conducted in Thailand, shows that Thais are at significant risk for developing lung, liver, colorectal, breast, and cervical cancers.

CONCLUSIONS:

Given the sizable Thai population in the U.S. and the high likelihood that this population has been suffering from cancer, we recommend that Thais be classified separately in cancer registries and that they receive culturally meaningful outreach and support.

PMID:
15509151
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