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Cancer Morbidity in National-Origin Subgroups of the Ontario Population

David Cook, Elizabeth N. Mackay and David Hewitt
Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Vol. 63, No. 2 (March / April 1972), pp. 120-124
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41985579
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Abstract

From a consolidated index of patients treated for cancer at general hospitals in Ontario during 1966, 5,000 persons were selected whose surnames were judged to be indicative of Italian, Polish, French or other national origins. Statistical analysis of the relative frequency of cancer at different sites showed a significant amount of contrast between these national origin groups. For example, Italian males showed a relative excess of cancer in the digestive system and a relative deficiency of carcinoma of the prostate. Analysis of Canadian mortality experience in relation to country of birth is strongly recommended.

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