Ethnicity risk for gastric cancer identified

South Florida researchers have identified a high death rate from gastric cancer in our area.

MIAMI – South Florida researchers have identified a high death rate from gastric cancer in our area.

Dr. David Goldberg at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center was part of an international collaboration that examined gastrointestinal cancer mortality across the U.S. over a nine year period.

“What we found is the risk of mortality from gastric cancer was highest in Dade county of the South Florida counties, high in Broward but not as high and much lower in Palm beach county which sort of goes with the demographics. We know that mortality from gastric cancer is higher in immigrants, higher in Hispanics and higher in African Americans so it’s really not a surprise that Miami would have the highest and so we were really not surprised that we were in the 80th percentile for gastric cancer,” Goldberg said.

He said the underlying cause is often an intestinal bacteria called H-Pylori, which is more common in immigrants and greatly increases the risk of gastric cancer.

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Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.

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