August 22, 2000
Devesa Examines Cancer Trends, By The Numbers
By Carla Garnett
Increasing use of food refrigeration, declining use of certain
preservatives, and rising consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
may have led to a reduction in stomach cancer mortality in the
United States. That is one of several conclusions epidemiologists
have drawn based on studying cancer trends over the last half
century, according to Dr. Susan Devesa, who discussed "Variations
in Cancer Rates: The Influence of Age, Gender, Race, Time, and
Space," during a recent summer lecture series on health disparities.
The lectures are targeted each year to NIH's summer students
through the Office of Education, NIH Office of Intramural
Research. In her lecture, Devesa explained how epidemiologists use
statistical data to help predict a nation's healthcare and medical
NIDDK Opens Office of Minority Health Research Coordination
By Jane DeMouy
When it comes to health and disease, national health surveys paint a bleak picture for racial and ethnic minorities: African Americans have 1.6 times the rate of diabetes as whites. Hispanic Americans have almost twice the rate of disease found in non-Hispanic whites. American Indians get diabetes three times as often.
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