Burkitt's lymphoma in Ghana: Urban-rural distribution, time-space clustering and seasonality.

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dc.contributor.author Biggar, R.J.
dc.contributor.author Nkrumah, F.K.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-12T10:35:55Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-16T12:58:03Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-12T10:35:55Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-16T12:58:03Z
dc.date.issued 1979
dc.identifier.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. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/3079
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Cancer en_US
dc.subject Burkitt's lymphoma en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject Humans en_US
dc.subject Rain en_US
dc.subject Rural population en_US
dc.subject Seasons en_US
dc.subject Urban population en_US
dc.title Burkitt's lymphoma in Ghana: Urban-rural distribution, time-space clustering and seasonality. en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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