Lower Reporting Of Family Cancer History Could Affect Cancer Screening
According to the report, even as immigrants became more integrated into
Researchers said that "some immigrants might not have a family history ofcancer even though they have a genetic predisposition for cancer, in part,because they are from countries in which people are more likely to die at arelatively young age of causes other than cancer and are not exposed to thesame degree of behavioral and environmental risk for the disease."
They added, "In addition, due to underdiagnosis of cancer in many immigrants' countries of origin, lack of awarenessof familial risk and communication barriers in families, foreign-born patientsmay not be aware of their true family history of cancer" (HealthDay/WashingtonPost, 12/10).
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