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Epidemiology, prevention and public health

This section aims to consider publications which focus on all aspects of cancer epidemiology including risk factors for disease initiation and development, social determinants, environmental, behavioural, and occupational correlates, and the impact of health policies, practices and interventions on the community.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Partnership for Health-2 (PFH-2) is a web-based version of Partnership for Health, an evidence-based smoking cessation intervention for childhood cancer survivors. This paper describes the PFH-2 intervention a...

    Authors: Janet S de Moor, Elaine Puleo, Jennifer S Ford, Mark Greenberg, David C Hodgson, Vida L Tyc, Jamie Ostroff, Lisa R Diller, Andrea Gurmankin Levy, Kim Sprunck-Harrild and Karen M Emmons

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:165

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Family size and birth order are known to influence the risk of some cancers. However, it is still unknown whether these effects change from early to later adulthood. We used the data of the Swedish Family-Canc...

    Authors: Melanie Bevier, Marianne Weires, Hauke Thomsen, Jan Sundquist and Kari Hemminki

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:163

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    Childhood cancer differs from most common adult cancers, suggesting a distinct aetiology for some types of childhood cancer. Our objective in this study was to test the difference in incidence rates of 4 non-C...

    Authors: Beatriz de Camargo, Juliana Moreira de Oliveira Ferreira, Rejane de Souza Reis, Sima Ferman, Marceli de Oliveira Santos and Maria S Pombo-de-Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:160

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Geographical variations in medical practice are expected to be small when the evidence about the effectiveness and safety of a particular technology is abundant. This would be the case of the prescription of c...

    Authors: Manuel Ridao-López, Sandra García-Armesto, Begoña Abadía-Taira, Salvador Peiró-Moreno and Enrique Bernal-Delgado

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:145

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality among women in Malaysia. Delayed diagnosis is preventable and has major effects on patients' prognosis and survival. The objectives of our study were to i...

    Authors: Bachok Norsa'adah, Krishna G Rampal, Mohd A Rahmah, Nyi N Naing and Biswa M Biswal

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:141

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  6. Content type: Research article

    There are large ethnic differences in cervical cancer survival in New Zealand that are only partly explained by stage at diagnosis. We investigated the association of comorbidity with cervical cancer survival,...

    Authors: Naomi Brewer, Barry Borman, Diana Sarfati, Mona Jeffreys, Steven T Fleming, Soo Cheng and Neil Pearce

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:132

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  7. Content type: Research article

    It is unclear whether individualized treatments based on biological factors have improved the prognosis of recurrent breast cancer. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the survival improvement of patients...

    Authors: Hideo Shigematsu, Hidetoshi Kawaguchi, Yoshiaki Nakamura, Kimihiro Tanaka, Satoko Shiotani, Chinami Koga, Sumiko Nishimura, Kenichi Taguchi, Kenichi Nishiyama and Shinji Ohno

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:118

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  8. Content type: Research article

    In this work, we have conducted a case-control study in order to assess the effect of tobacco and three genetic polymorphisms in XPC, ERCC2 and ERCC5 genes (rs2228001, rs13181 and rs17655) in bladder cancer devel...

    Authors: Kamel Rouissi, Islem Ben Bahria, Karim Bougatef, Raja Marrakchi, Nejla Stambouli, Khouloud Hamdi, Mohamed Cherif, Mohamed Riadh Ben Slama, Mohamed Sfaxi, Fethi Ben Othman, Mohamed Chebil, Amel Benammar Elgaaied and Slah Ouerhani

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:101

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4) displays multiple biological activities, including mitogenic and angiogenic activity, and plays important roles in the etiology and progression of prostate cancer. Gly3...

    Authors: Bin Xu, Na Tong, Shu Q Chen, Li X Hua, Zeng J Wang, Zheng D Zhang and Ming Chen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:84

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Cancer can be a distressing experience for cancer patients and carers, impacting on psychological, social, physical and spiritual functioning. However, health professionals often fail to detect distress in the...

    Authors: Karen L Hughes, Hilary Sargeant and Anna L Hawkes

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:46

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Breast cancer (BrCa) is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the industrialized world. More than half of women presenting with metastatic BrCa develop bone metastases. Bone metastases increase the...

    Authors: Annette Ø Jensen, Jacob B Jacobsen, Mette Nørgaard, Mellissa Yong, Jon P Fryzek and Henrik T Sørensen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:29

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Metformin protection against cancer risk in Orientals is uncertain. We examined the possible metformin effect on total, esophageal, gastric, colorectal (CRC), hepatocellular (HCC) and pancreatic cancers in a T...

    Authors: Meei-Shyuan Lee, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Mark L Wahlqvist, Hsin-Ni Tsai, Yu-Hung Chang and Yi-Chen Huang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:20

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  13. Content type: Research article

    A number of studies have identified advanced age as a barrier to accessing specialised oncological care. Many factors can influence the care provided for elderly patients after a diagnosis of cancer has been e...

    Authors: Fleur Delva, Emilie Marien, Marianne Fonck, Muriel Rainfray, Jean-Louis Demeaux, Philippe Moreaud, Pierre Soubeyran, Annie J Sasco and Simone Mathoulin-Pélissier

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2011 11:5

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  14. Content type: Technical advance

    The Oncotype DX® Colon Cancer Assay is a new diagnostic test for determining the likelihood of recurrence in stage II colon cancer patients after surgical resection using fixed paraffin embedded (FPE) primary col...

    Authors: Kim M Clark-Langone, Chithra Sangli, Jayadevi Krishnakumar and Drew Watson

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:691

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Oral leukoplakia (OL) is the best-known potentially malignant disorder. A new binary system to grade dysplasia was proposed by WHO, but the biological significance in predicting malignant transformation risk i...

    Authors: Wei Liu, Yu-Feng Wang, Hai-Wei Zhou, Peng Shi, Zeng-Tong Zhou and Guo-Yao Tang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:685

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The internet portal http://​www.​brustkrebs-studien.​de (BKS) was launched in 2000 by the German Society of Senology (DGS) and the Baden-Württemberg Insti...

    Authors: Markus Wallwiener, Christian W Wallwiener, Sara Y Brucker, Andreas D Hartkopf, Tanja N Fehm and Julia K Kansy

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:663

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Survival time for lung cancer is poor with over 90% of patients dying within five years of diagnosis primarily due to detection at late stage. The main objective of this study was to evaluate Fourier transform...

    Authors: Paul D Lewis, Keir E Lewis, Robin Ghosal, Sion Bayliss, Amanda J Lloyd, John Wills, Ruth Godfrey, Philip Kloer and Luis AJ Mur

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:640

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) comprises 31% of lymphomas in the United States. Although it is an aggressive type of lymphoma, 40% to 50% of patients are cured with treatment. The study objectives were ...

    Authors: Robert Griffiths, Michelle Gleeson, Kevin Knopf and Mark Danese

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:625

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In the US, foreign-born Hispanics tend to live in socioeconomic conditions typically associated with later stage of breast cancer diagnosis, yet they have lower breast cancer mortality rates than their US-born...

    Authors: Theresa HM Keegan, Thu Quach, Sarah Shema, Sally L Glaser and Scarlett L Gomez

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:603

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Intrinsic to "Patient-Centered Care" is being respectful and responsive to individual patient preferences, expressed needs, and personal values. Establishing a patient's preferences for active and aggressive i...

    Authors: Vincent Maida, Jonathan Peck, Marguerite Ennis, Navjot Brar and Alexandria R Maida

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:592

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The single nucleotide polymorphism rs7566605, located in the promoter of the INSIG2 gene, has been the subject of a strong scientific effort aimed to elucidate its possible association with body mass index (BMI)....

    Authors: Daniele Campa, Anika Hüsing, James D McKay, Olga Sinilnikova, Ulla Vogel, Anne Tjønneland, Kim Overvad, Jakob Stegger, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Nathalie Chabbert-Buffet, Guy Fagherazzi, Antonia Trichopoulou, Dimosthenis Zylis, Erifili Oustoglou, Sabine Rohrmann, Birgit Teucher…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:563

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is rare in most parts of the world but is a common malignancy in southern China, especially in Guangdong. Dietary habit is regarded as an important modifier of NPC risk in severa...

    Authors: Wei-Hua Jia, Xiang-Yu Luo, Bing-Jian Feng, Hong-Lian Ruan, Jin-Xin Bei, Wen-Sheng Liu, Hai-De Qin, Qi-Sheng Feng, Li-Zhen Chen, Shugart Yin Yao and Yi-Xin Zeng

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:446

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Cigarette smoking is the most established risk factor, and genetic variants and/or gene promoter methylations are also considered to play an essential role in development of lung cancer, but the pathogenesis o...

    Authors: Yongtang Jin, Heyun Xu, Chunye zhang, Yunming Kong, Yong Hou, Yingchun Xu and Shaoli Xue

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:422

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroups and single nucleotide polymorphisms (mtSNP) have been shown to play a role in various human conditions including aging and some neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic disea...

    Authors: Hezhi Fang, Lijun Shen, Tao Chen, Jing He, Zhinan Ding, Jia Wei, Jianchun Qu, Guorong Chen, Jianxin Lu and Yidong Bai

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:421

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  25. Content type: Case report

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 is a common autosomal dominant disorder with full penetrance and variable expression. The condition predisposes individuals to the development of malignant nervous system tumours, most...

    Authors: German Melean, Alba Marina Hernández, María Carmen Valero, Elisabete Hernández-Imaz, Yolanda Martín and Concepción Hernández-Chico

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:407

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Cancer patients may benefit from physical exercise programs. It is unclear, however, how sustained levels of physical activity are best achieved in this population. A systematic review was performed to summari...

    Authors: Ruud H Knols, Eling D de Bruin, Kei Shirato, Daniel Uebelhart and Neil K Aaronson

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:406

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The aims of this study were to determine the accuracy of concurrent core needle biopsy (CNB) and fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) for breast lesions and to estimate the false-negative rate using the two me...

    Authors: Yao-Lung Kuo and Tsai-Wang Chang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:371

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