Variability in Diet and its Relation to Risk in Ethnic and Migrant Groups

  • Laurence N. Kolonel
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 43)


The inhabited islands of Hawaii encompass a land mass of 6,422 square miles1 and an ethnically heterogeneous population. Five ethnic groups in particular have resided in the islands for many decades and comprise the majority of the present population. These include Caucasians, Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, and native Polynesians or Hawaiians. Although these ethnic groups are generally intermixed throughout the islands, their risks for disease are markedly different2. The incidence rates for cancer well illustrate this variability3, as shown in Table 1.


Cancer Incidence Cancer Site Lung Cancer Risk Cancer Incidence Rate Lung Cancer Incidence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence N. Kolonel
    • 1
  1. 1.Epidemiology Program, Cancer Research CenterUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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