Comparison of exposures among Arab American and non-hispanic white female thyroid cancer cases in metropolitan detroit

L. Peterson, A. Soliman, J. J. Ruterbusch, N. Smith, K. Schwartz

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Arab American (ArA) women may be at greater risk for thyroid cancer (TC) than White women. This case-case comparison explored differences in known and proposed risk factors of TC among ArA and non-Hispanic White (NHW) female TC cases in metropolitan Detroit. Cases of invasive TC identified from a population-based registry responded to a telephone survey regarding potential TC risk factors. Thirty ArA women (response rate 52%) and 70 NHW women (67%) participated. NHW women reported significantly more prior thyroid disease (TD), family history of TD, hormone use, cumulative years of hormone use, cigarette and alcohol consumption. In adjusted logistic regression analysis, ArA women had significantly higher odds of exposure to dental x-rays (OR = 3.48, CI 1.01-12.00) and medical radiation (OR = 13.58, CI 1.49-124.04) than NHW women. Risk factors for TC may differ among ArA women and their NHW counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1033-1040
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011



  • Ethnicity
  • Medical radiation
  • Risk factors
  • SEER
  • Thyroid cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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