Descriptive Epidemiology of Primary Tumors of the Spinal Cord and Spinal Meninges in Los Angeles County, 1972–1985Preston-Martin S.
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif., USA
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This report presents data on the distribution of 462 primary tumors of the spinal cord and spinal meninges (both benign and malignant) diagnosed among residents of Los Angeles County from 1972 to 1985. Incidence rates of gliomas, meningiomas, nerve sheath tumors, and all histologic types combined are presented for specific age, sex, and ethnic groups. The highest rates are seen for meningiomas in women (age-adjusted rate 3/million/ year compared to 1/million/year for the other two histologic types in women and for each of the three types in men). Proportional incidence ratios for spinal tumors are elevated among men and women born in Eastern Europe and among Jewish residents of Los Angeles County. The incidence rates appear not to relate to the social class.
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