|Title:||Burkitt's lymphoma in Ghana: Urban-rural distribution, time-space clustering and seasonality.|
|Publisher:||International Journal of Cancer|
|Citation:||Biggar, R. J., & Nkrumah, F. K. (1979). Burkitt's lymphoma in Ghana: Urban-rural distribution, time-space clustering and seasonality. International Journal of Cancer, 23(3), 330-336.|
|Abstract:||Epidemiological data are summarized from 236 cases of Burkitt's lymphoma (greater than 90% cytologically or histologically confirmed) seen from 1970 through 1975 at Korle Bu Hospital, Accra, Ghana. The rate of referral from rural areas was greater than that from urban areas, despite a probable bias toward referral from urban areas. The distribution of cases in Ghana appeared to be non-random but we attribute this to variable access to medical care and physician interest. Rainfall did not appear to be an important factor. Seasonal variation and time-space clustering were not observed. The incidence here seems lower than that reported in East Africa. We found no evidence of an environmental influence with a short incubation period, as has been postulated for this disease in East Africa. The higher risk among rural patients is consistent with severe malaria being a factor in the etiology of Burkitt's lymphoma.|
|Appears in Collections:||Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research|
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