Cancers of the buccal cavity and pharynx in Circumpolar Inuit

Anne P. Lanier, Steven R. Alberts

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In an international collaboration, cancers of the buccal cavity and pharynx were combined from cancer registries in the Circumpolar region, including Alaska, Canada and Greenland. Low risk of cancers of the lip (SIR 0.2) was observed among Inuit. Increased risk of cancer of the tongue and oral cancer (SIR 2.5) were observed among Greenlandic Inuit men. Salivary gland cancer and nasopharyngeal cancer occur among Inuit with rates among the highest in the world. Environmental factors (EBV, diet) and a genetically susceptible population are believed to play a role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-552
Number of pages8
JournalActa Oncologica
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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