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Ovarian cancer epidemiology in Thrace, Greece

Ovarian cancer epidemiology in Thrace, Greece

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology 21(3): 298-302

Purpose of investigation: To report the differences in ovarian cancer prevalence between the two major ethnic groups (Christian Orthodox and Muslims) in Thrace, Greece. Method: We carried out a retrospective study on 57 patients, aged 16-79 years, who were treated in our clinic for ovarian cancer. Results: The cumulative ovarian cancer prevalence in Thrace was 6.8/100,000 (5.5/100,000 for Christian Orthodox and 1.3/100,000 for Muslims). There were no statistically significant differences in most variables affecting the turnout itself. The statistical analysis of demographic risk factors revealed that the Christian population was more of a middle class profile, while the Muslim lifestyle sustained its cultural characteristics, a difference that could be related to the discrepancy observed in ovarian cancer prevalence among them. Conclusions: The overall ovarian cancer prevalence in Thrace is lower than that reported for most developed countries and higher than that for most Asian countries. The variance in prevalence between Christian Orthodox and Muslims could possibly be attributed to the different major parameters in lifestyles.

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