Study: Greater cancer risk for Hispanics who move to US

August 6, 2009 2:51:18 PM PDT
New research shows Hispanic people who move to the United States are 40 percent more likely to develop certain cancers than those who remain in their native countries. The American Association for Cancer Research studied more than 300,000 cancer cases between 1999 and 2001. The research was done in Florida, a state with a diverse Hispanic population.

Researchers speculate the increased risk of cancer could result, in part, from immigrants quickly adopting less healthy dietary habits after moving to the United States.

The study is in this week's journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.