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Patterns of Cancer in select Ethnic groups from Assam: A Retrospective study

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Hospital Cancer Registry, Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute, Gopinath Nagar, Guwahati-781016, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (4), Pages 17-20, April,14 (2014)


There is a geographic variation in the occurrence of cancers in populations of this part of the world. This retrospective study is an attempt to see the patterns of cancers in major ethnic groups of Assam and to identify any variation of cancer patterns in these ethnic groups. The data on cancer of different ethnic groups were obtained from the Hospital Cancer Registry of a regional cancer center in Eastern India for the period of 2010 to 2012. Four major ethnic groups of mongoloids origin that were selected for the present analysis are Ahoms, Bodos, Rabhas, and Mishing. Although there was no significant variation in the pattern of occurrence of cancers in the different ethnic groups but, this study has highlighted that specific life style or food habits in ethnic group in areas with diverse ethnicity should be identified prior to planning a population based primary cancer control programme.


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