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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2003 Mar 26;107(1):78-80.

Benign gynecological tumors: estimated incidence. Results of the German Cohort Study on Women's Health.

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ZEG-Centre for Epidemiology & Health Research Berlin, Invalidenstrasse 115, Berlin 10115, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To analyze the lifetime incidence of benign gynecological tumors.

STUDY DESIGN:

The German Cohort Study on Women's Health was launched in 1998 as historic cohort study with prospective follow up. The study ascertained self-reported information on tumors by calendar time. The incidence of benign gynecological tumors was calculated from the data of the first cohort period.

RESULTS:

The cohort comprised 396000 women-years of observation and 1676 benign tumors were observed. This lead to incidence estimates of 27.0, 18.6, and 23.3 per 100000 women-years of observation for all benign tumors of the uterus, ovary, and breast respectively.

CONCLUSION:

In absence of other data, it is reasonable to use incidence rates generated by a large cohort of German women as a best estimate for the population up to 65 years of age.

PMID:
12593900
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