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Cancer risk in the reindeer breeding Saami population of Sweden, 1961–1997
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison for Health, Culture and Educational Sciences. Southern Lapland Research Department, Vilhelmina.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0535-2059
Southern Lapland Research Department, Vilhelmina & Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, National Institute for Working Life, Umea˚.
Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, National Institute for Working Life, Umea˚.
Dorotea Health Care Centre, County Council of Va¨sterbotten, Dorotea, Sweden.
2001 (English)In: European Journal of Epidemiology, ISSN 0393-2990, E-ISSN 1573-7284, Vol. 17, 969-976 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Saami people are the natives of northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula. In a cohort of 2033 Swedish reindeer breeding Saamis, the cancer risks between 1961 and 1997 were studied. Intotal, 193 cases of cancer were observed versus 322 expected in the general Swedish population and 249 in a geographically matched reference population of non-Saamis. In comparison to non-Saamis living in the same area, the reindeer breeding Saamis showed astatistically significant lower risk of developing cancerofthe prostate and of malignant lymphoma, whereas the risk of stomach cancer was significantly higher. Although there were no statistically significant changes ofcancer risks over time, temporal trends were indicated towards a decreased risk of cancer in the stomach and the prostate. The results suggest that the explanations ofthe low cancer risk ofthe reindeer breeding Saamis, in relation to the non-Saamis in the same environment, are to be found among lifestyle and/or genetic factors

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2001. Vol. 17, 969-976 p.
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Cancer incidence, Cohort study, Ethnic group, Heredity, Life style, Saami people
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Nursing Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7277OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7277DiVA: diva2:779209
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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