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Reproductive factors and risk of hormone receptor positive and negative breast cancer: a cohort study

  • Rebecca Ritte1,
  • Kaja Tikk1,
  • Annekatrin Lukanova1,
  • Anne Tjønneland2,
  • Anja Olsen2,
  • Kim Overvad3,
  • Laure Dossus4, 5,
  • Agnès Fournier4, 5,
  • Françoise Clavel-Chapelon4, 5,
  • Verena Grote1,
  • Heiner Boeing6,
  • Krasimira Aleksandrova6,
  • Antonia Trichopoulou7, 8,
  • Pagona Lagiou7, 9, 10,
  • Dimitrios Trichopoulos9, 10,
  • Domenico Palli11,
  • Franco Berrino12,
  • Amalia Mattiello13,
  • Rosario Tumino14,
  • Carlotta Sacerdote15, 16,
  • José Ramón Quirós17,
  • Genevieve Buckland18,
  • Esther Molina-Montes19, 20,
  • María-Dolores Chirlaque20, 21,
  • Eva Ardanaz20, 22,
  • Pilar Amiano23, 20,
  • H Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita24, 25,
  • Carla H van Gils26,
  • Petra HM Peeters26, 27,
  • Nick Wareham28,
  • Kay-Tee Khaw29,
  • Timothy J Key30,
  • Ruth C Travis30,
  • Elisabete Weiderpass31, 32, 33, 34,
  • Vanessa Dumeaux31, 35,
  • Eliv Lund31,
  • Malin Sund36,
  • Anne Andersson37,
  • Isabelle Romieu38,
  • Sabina Rinaldi39,
  • Paulo Vineis16, 40,
  • Melissa A Merritt40,
  • Elio Riboli40 and
  • Rudolf Kaaks1Email author
BMC Cancer201313:584

Received: 20 September 2013

Accepted: 15 October 2013

Published: 9 December 2013

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15 Oct 2013 Editorially accepted
9 Dec 2013 Article published 10.1186/1471-2407-13-584

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Authors’ Affiliations

Division of Cancer Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society
Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University
Inserm, Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, U1018, Institut Gustave Roussy
Paris South University, UMRS 1018
German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke Department of Epidemiology Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
WHO Collaborating Center for Food and Nutrition Policies, Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Athens Medical School
Hellenic Health Foundation
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Bureau of Epidemiologic Research, Academy of Athens
Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology Unit, Cancer Research and Prevention Institute – ISPO
Epidemiology and Prevention Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Federico II University
Cancer Registry and Histopathology Unit, “Civile M. P. Arezzo” Hospital
Center for Cancer Prevention (CPO-Piemonte)
HuGeF Foundation
Public Health and Health Planning Directorate
Unit of Nutrition, Environment and Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Research Programme, Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO-IDIBELL)
Andalusian School of Public Health
Consortium for Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública-CIBERESP)
Department of Epidemiology, Murcia Regional Health Authority
Navarre Public Health Institute
Public Health division of Gipuzkoa, Institute BIODonostai, Health Department
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Medical Center
Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College
MRC epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge
Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø
Department of Research, Cancer Registry of Norway
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet
Samfundet Folkhälsan
McGill university
Department of Surgery and Perioperative Sciences, Umea University
Department of Oncology and Radiation Sciences, Oncology, Umeå University Hospital
Nutritional Epidemiology Group, Section of Nutrition and Metabolism, IARC
Biomarkers Group, Section of Nutrition and Metabolism, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Imperial College School of Public Health