171603 Projected Incidence of Cancer Among Pacific Islanders Living in California

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sela Panapasa, PhD , Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
David R. Williams, PhD, MPH , Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH , Department of Health Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Information on cancer health disparities among Pacific Islander populations in the United States and U.S. Jurisdictions is limited. Yet cancer has been identified as the leading cause of death for Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. Overcoming the data limitations that limit our ability to measure the health and unmet healthcare needs of Pacific Islanders, this presentation will report findings from a demographic analysis of epidemiological data on the incidence and survival from cancer among Pacific Islanders in California. Using the California Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data from 1988 to 2005, we will describe the distribution of cancer risk, estimate cancer incidence levels and examine cancer incidence among Pacific Islander subgroups in CA. Using the 1990 and 2000 U.S. Census data for CA we will calculate intercensal estimates of the Pacific Islander population using the cohort component method. Measures of fertility, mortality and migration will be projected and applied for the calculation of population growth, providing a reasonable estimate of the population denominator needed to calculate crude incidence rates and age-adjusted incidence rates. This analysis will be extended to select Pacific Islander subgroups. The findings provide useful baseline information on the state of cancer among Pacific Islanders living in California and contribute to the national discourse and effort to eliminate cancer health disparities.

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the pattern of cancer incidence among Pacific Islanders in California. 2) Identify the leading cancer sites among Pacific Islanders. 3) Discuss the distribution of cancer by gender, subgroup and geographical location.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am social demographer with experience in demographic research on Pacific Islander population.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.