Asian males have higher nasopharyngeal cancer risk
The research into the incidence, mortality and survival of rarer head and neck cancers in NSW by the Cancer Institute suggested the higher incidence represented a “possible emerging public health burden” as the proportion of Asian-born people living in the state increased.
Data from the Central Cancer Registry showed that between 1998 and 2008 overall incidence has been stable or declined depending on the cancer site. The incidence rate for men was 1.02 and 0.48 for women.
However, the incidence of nasopharyngeal cancer was five times higher in