Breast cancer incidence in Asian migrants to the United States and their descendants

Epidemiology. 1995 Mar;6(2):181-3. doi: 10.1097/00001648-199503000-00017.


We studied breast cancer incidence during the period 1973-1986 in Asian residents of three U.S. geographic areas. The rate in Asian-American women born in China or Japan and in their U.S.-born counterparts was about 50% and 75% that of U.S.-born whites, respectively, and was approximately twice the rate of women residing in Asia. Breast cancer incidence was nearly identical in U.S.- and foreign-born Filipino-Americans, but it was 40% that of U.S.-born whites.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asian Americans*
  • Breast Neoplasms / ethnology*
  • China / ethnology
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Japan / ethnology
  • Middle Aged
  • Philippines / ethnology
  • SEER Program
  • United States / epidemiology