June 6th, 2022 by Tyler Scott | NAACCReview Home Leave a comment

Paulo S Pinheiro, MD MSc PhD
Research Associate Professor
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

In a recent editorial in the Journal of National Cancer Institute, Associate Professor Paulo Pinheiro at the University of Miami comments on the most recent manuscript in Cancer in Latinos in the Multi-Ethnic Cohort (MEC) by Professor Wendy Setiawan of The University of Southern California. His editorial underscores the importance of the role of population-based, cancer registry data in cancer research and cancer health disparity research.

Two highlights according to him: first, as results from the MEC show, cohort studies are not always representative of race-ethnicity on a population basis. In other words, there is no replacement for cancer registry data, the only truly population-based source of data to characterize race-ethnicity in the US; second, there is no approximation of cancer mortality rates to those of non-Hispanic Whites with increasing generation of US-born Mexicans, which somewhat contradicts prevailing theories of acculturation and cancer. In this context registry data hold unique opportunities for linkages that will accurately characterizes racial-ethnic groups in the US.

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