Average daily intakes of several components of fat in the diets of the five main ethnic groups in Hawaii were determined from personal interviews of 4137 subjects regarding their food consumption in a usual week. In general, fat intake was highest among Caucasians and lowest among Filipinos. Cholesterol intake did not follow the same pattern as that of the other fat components. The intake of total fat showed good correlation with the ethnic-specific incidence rates of breast cancer in Hawaii but not with colon or prostate cancer rates. There was no correlation of cholesterol intake with colon cancer incidence.


Presented at the Workshop on Fat and Cancer, December 10 to 12, 1979, Bethesda, Md. Supported in part by Grants 1 R01 CA 20897 and 1 N01 CA 15655 from the National Cancer Institute, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

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