Cancer is relatively rare among children, yet it remains an important public concern. Childhood cancer ranks second as a cause of death after accidents. Population-based data such as Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program of the National Cancer Institute create an opportunity to study the effect of ethnic background on the incidence and mortality of cancer. Studies on migrants have been widely used to infer the relative importance of environmental factors versus inherited factors and have proved valuable in developing population-specific interventions. Unfortunately, information on cancer occurrence among Arab Americans is lacking because of incomplete reporting of nationality and place of birth in the SEER registry.
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Sawaf H, Lorenzana A, Dombi G, Hamre M, Schwartz K. Childhood cancer among Arab Americans in southeast Michigan. Ethn Dis. 2005;15(Winter): SI13-SI14.