Is nasopharyngeal carcinoma more common in Hakkas than in Fukienese? a comparison within the Taiwanese population

Y. W. Wang, S. C. Huang, C. J. Chen, L. T. Lui, H. W.C. Leung, L. L. Ting

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This study is to ascertain whether Hakkas have a higher incidence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) than Fukienese as being proposed. A total of 949 NPC patients during 1990-1993 were serially recruited. Their ethnicity and residential area since childhood were compared to the census data in 1956. The 95% confidence interval of odds ratios for Hakkas to Fukienese in various counties were found to overlap within a range from 0.85 to 1.15 without showing statistically significant difference from unity. This result indicates that there is no extra ethnic risk between the two groups in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-434
Number of pages4
JournalOncology Reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes



  • Ethnicity
  • Fukienese
  • Hakkas
  • Incidence
  • NPC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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