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Lancet. 2003 Mar 8;361(9360):859-64.

Prostate cancer epidemiology.

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  • 1Department of Radiation Sciences/Oncology, Umeå University, 901 85, Umeå, Sweden.


Because more and more men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer worldwide, knowledge about and prevention of this disease is important. Epidemiological studies have provided some insight about the cause of prostate cancer in terms of diet and genetic factors. However, compared with other common cancers such as breast and lung cancer, the causes remain poorly understood. Several important issues could help in our understanding of this disease-the variation in incidence of prostate cancer between ethnic populations and the factors leading to familial clustering of the diseases.

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