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A study of the geographical pattern of cancer mortality for selected sites by means of factor analysis

Inaba, Yutaka ; Yanai, Haruo ; Takagi, Hirofumi ; Yamamoto, Shun-Ichi

Social Science and Medicine. Part D Medical Geography, 1981, Vol.15(1), pp.233-244

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  • Title:
    A study of the geographical pattern of cancer mortality for selected sites by means of factor analysis
  • Author/Creator: Inaba, Yutaka ; Yanai, Haruo ; Takagi, Hirofumi ; Yamamoto, Shun-Ichi
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Public Health
  • Is Part Of: Social Science and Medicine. Part D Medical Geography, 1981, Vol.15(1), pp.233-244
  • Description: The spatial distribution of cancer mortality and morbidity has been studied by many authors, and its characteristic pattern as to the various cancer sites was the object of the research of many epidemiologists. It has been generally recognized that any of the specific factors do not contribute independently but interdependently to the etiology in chronic diseases. With this in mind, it is natural to assume that there exist multiple factors which collaborate with each other in the pathogenesis of cancer of various sites. To test interdependence of variables, we set out to analyse the pattern of the geographical distributions of the cancer deaths in Japan, using the method of factor analysis which has been characterized as a useful method for analyzing the correlated variables. Five independent factors are extracted from the mutual correlations among the site-specific mortality rates on various cancers and that these factors...
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0160-8002 ; E-ISSN: 1878-3899 ; DOI: 10.1016/0160-8002(81)90033-2