Asians identified as risk group for GIST

People of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are 1.5 times more likely than Caucasians to be diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST), according to US researchers.

The team from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have clearly defined the epidemiology of GIST, which they say was previously “lumped into one category” with other tumour types.

"Previous journal articles never clearly differentiated GIST from several other tumours, even though they have different biologies," says researcher Dr