Investigating Risk Factors for Multiple Myeloma among Black and White Americans
Racial variations in the incidence of various cancer types can provide important etiologic leads for epidemiologists to pursue. The fact that multiple myeloma is the only hematopoietic malignancy which occurs more frequently among U.S. blacks than whites has been especially intriguing to researchers at the National Cancer Institute. To investigate reasons for the black-white differences in risk for multiple myeloma (and three other cancer types), a large-scale epidemiologic study was initiated in 1985. This study was a collaborative endeavor involving the National Cancer Institute, the Georgia Center for Cancer Statistics, the Michigan Cancer Foundation, and the New Jersey State Health Department.
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