Can a gastric cancer risk survey identify high-risk patients for endoscopic screening? A pilot study.

Author(s): In H,  Langdon-Embry M,  Gordon L,  Schechter CB,  Wylie-Rosett J,  Castle PE,  Margaret Kemeny M,  Rapkin BD

Journal: J Surg Res

Date: 2018 Jul

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): NCORP

PubMed ID: 29622399

PMC ID: PMC5972059

Abstract: BACKGROUND: A questionnaire that distinguishes how variability in gastric cancer prevalence is associated with ethnicity/birth country/immigration/cultural diet along with known risk factors may improve targeting populations for gastric cancer screening in the United States. METHODS: Existing literature was used to identify the item pool. Cluster analysis, focus groups, and cognitive interviewing were used to reduce collinear items and refine the questionnaire. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine which items distinguished gastric cancer cases from the primary care and community controls. RESULTS: The results of analysis of data from 40 cases and 100 controls (primary care = 47; community = 53) were used to reduce the 227 item pool to 12 items. After ranking these variables using model bootstrapping, a logistic regression model using the highest ranked eight variables was chosen as the final model. Older age, foreign nativity, daily consumption of cultural food at ages 15-18, less than high-school education, and greater acculturation were significantly associated with being a gastric cancer case compared with the controls. CONCLUSIONS: An eight-item survey that addresses gastric cancer risk factors, ethnicity, cultural habits, and immigration patterns has potential to identify high-risk persons from multicultural areas within the US, who might benefit from endoscopic screening for gastric cancer.