Cancer epidemiology

Definition

Cancer epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of the likelihood of cancer development. Cancer epidemiology can be used to identify events that increase or decrease cancer incidence in specific populations.

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  • News and Views |

    Increased evidence that prostate-cancer-specific mortality can be reduced using serum PSA screening, in addition to the increasing role of active surveillance in reducing overtreatment underlies the revised USPSTF recommendation, which now supports selective use of PSA testing. However, this recommendation should not be interpreted as a license to return to the unthinking use of PSA testing of men between 50 to 70 years of age.

    • Theodorus H. Van der Kwast
    •  & Monique J. Roobol
  • News and Views |

    Understanding risk factors for prostate cancer is an important step towards personalized, risk-adapted early detection and prevention. Epidemiological studies, which are commonly used to identify risk factors, are prone to detection bias. This bias could substantially affect the observed relationship between putative risk factors and prostate cancer diagnosis.

    • Christopher J. D. Wallis
    •  & Raj Satkunasivam