Cancer incidence among 1st generation migrants compared to native Danes--a retrospective cohort study

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STUDY AIMS: To investigate the incidence of cancer among 1st generation migrants compared to native Danes, including time trends in the risk of cancer among migrants. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study design. Migrants were matched 1:4 on age and sex with a Danish born reference population. The cohort was linked to the Danish Cancer Register and cancer cases among migrants (n=537) and native Danes (n=2829) were identified. RESULTS: The overall cancer incidence did not differ significantly between migrants from East Europe and native Danes; whereas migrants from the Middle East and North Africa had a significantly lower incidence. All migrants had a significantly lower incidence of breast and colorectal cancer but male migrants from East Europe had a significantly higher incidence of lung cancer. CONCLUSIONS: The overall cancer incidence among migrants was lower compared to native Danes. The time trends of the study are interesting and a relevant topic for further research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number18
Pages (from-to)2717-21
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Keywords: Adult; Aged; Denmark; Epidemiologic Methods; Europe, Eastern; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Middle East; Neoplasms; North America; Refugees; Sex Distribution; Transients and Migrants

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