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Case-Control Studies of Stomach Cancer in the United States, Poland, and Mexico

A multicenter (Columbia University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Yale University) population-based collaborative case-control study is underway to identify risk factors that may contribute to the rapidly rising incidence rates of adenocarcinomas of esophagus and stomach in the United States. Factors being evaluated include tobacco and alcohol use, medicinal and weight histories, use of selected medications, diet, family history of cancer and lifetime occupational history. A population-based case-control study of stomach cancer is also underway in Warsaw and Lodz, Poland, to examine reasons for the high incidence rates in that country, which are among the highest in Europe. A case-control study in three areas in Mexico was conducted to investigate the consumption of chili peppers and other dietary factors on the risk of stomach cancer.

For more information, contact Mary Ward or Linda Liao.

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch - Research Areas