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The contribution of Helicobacter pylori, smoking, salt and low fruit and vegetable intake to stomach cancer and inequality in New Zealand (Andrea Teng)

This project aims to describe the fraction of stomach cancer in New Zealand attributable to various environmental and lifestyle factors, by ethnicity. Infection with Helicobacter pylori is an important risk factor for stomach cancer, along with fruit and vegetable intake, salt and smoking. Population attributable risk (PAR) methods will be used to estimate the attributable fraction (AF / PAR%) for each of these risk factors for each ethnic group. To prioritise prevention strategies, it is important to better understand the contributing factors to stomach cancer in New Zealand.

Key publications

Teng, A. M., Blakely, T., Baker, M. G., & Sarfati, D. (2017). The contribution of Helicobacter pylori to excess gastric cancer in Indigenous and Pacific men: a birth cohort estimate. Gastric Cancer, 20(4), 752-755. doi:10.1007/s10120-016-0671-8