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Immigrant Asian American women may be at higher risk for breast cancer

Immigrant Asian American women may be at higher risk for breast cancer
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IMAGE: Brittany N. Morey is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside, and led the study. view more 

Credit: University of California, Riverside

Overall, breast cancer rates in the United States have stabilized since the 2000s. But according to the results of a new study led by a researcher from the University of California, Riverside, a subset of women living in the U.S. may be at higher risk for breast cancer than previously observed.

The study, published earlier this month in the medical journal Preventing Chronic Disease, identified differences in how Asian American women experience breast cancer risk. More specifically, it found that Asian American women who had immigrated had significantly higher risk for breast cancer than their U.S.-born counterparts. 

Brittany N. Morey, a postdoctoral fellow in UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy and one of the study’s co-authors, said the findings are surprising because they run counter to established research that associated lower breast cancer risk with racial/ethnic minority populations born outside the U.S., including Asian American women.

According to the researchers, immigration patterns could have something to do with the phenomenon. The U.S.’s current immigration climate favors highly skilled

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