What is it about?

The popular cancers tend to be lung cancer, breast cancer etc., certainly not cancers of the digestive system. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this study provides unambiguous evidence that cancers that are related to the digestive system are four of the five fastest growing cancers in the United States. The fastest growing cancer of the digestive system, thyroid cancer, is shown to be a risk factor for lung cancer, pancreas cancer, and cancers of the uterus. In absence of evidence for some sort of feedback mechanism, none of lung cancer, pancreas cancer, or cancers of the uterus are shown to increase risk of thyroid cancer. Totality of the empirical evidence reveals a total of 2.368 million new cases of cancers that are related to the digestive system over the 16 sample years, this equivalent to 7.37% of the 2016 population of the United States of America. In light of the empirical evidence, cancers of the digestive system cannot be a trivial concern within the medical space.

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Why is it important?

The empirical evidence indicates there exists cancer risk somewhere within the food chain of the United States, as such serves as trigger evidence for initiatives that attempt to estimate sources of cancer risk within the food chain, severity of the cancer risk, and remedies if any that serve to mitigate cancer risk.


Not only is thyroid cancer the fastest growing cancer of the digestive system, the empirical evidence demonstrates it is progressive, yet randomly occurring. Random occurrence implies it is not driven by factors that already are endemic to the food environment, implying it is a relatively new risk. Progressiveness of the cancer indicates the new risk is becoming systemic.

Dr Oghenovo A Obrimah
Fisk University

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This page is a summary of: Unearthing Valuable Macro Level Insights from Medical Data Using Time Series Methodologies, SSRN Electronic Journal, January 2019, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3311794.
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