Race/ethnicity is a significant risk factor for both complete and partial pregnancy in the United States, specifically in the northeastern US, according to a recent study. The cross-sectional study included women who were followed for complete or partial mole and those who had a live singleton birth in the northeastern US between 2000 and 2013. Researchers found:
- 140 case of complete mole, 115 cases of partial mole, and 105,942 live births were identified.
- After age adjustment, Asian women were more likely to develop complete mole (RR, 2.3) but less likely to developed partial mole (RR, 0.2) than white women.
- Black women were significantly less likely than white women to develop partial mole (RR, 0.4); but marginally less likely to develop complete mole (RR, 0.6).
- Hispanic women were less likely than white women to develop complete mole (RR, 0.4) and partial mole (RR, 0.4).
Melamed A, Gockley AA, Joseph NT, et al. Effect of race/ethnicity on risk of complete and partial molar pregnancy after adjustment for age. [Published online ahead of print July 30, 2016]. Gynecol Oncol. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.07.117.