Cancer Epidemiology

Cancer Epidemiology

  • Paul A Macmullan added an answer:
    Is there any known anticorrelation between cancer and autoimmunity?
    As a possibly pathway to understanding the role the immune system plays in attempt to control cancer growth, an interesting test would be to perform an epidemiological study of those with autoimmunity diseases and find the incidence of cancer in that sub-population. Are cancer rates lower in those with some form of autoimmunity? Have studies been carried out to test this?
    Paul Macmullan · Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    First of all, apologies for late reply. Was cleaning up my email when I came across this. The short answer is Yes. In SLE , while there is a higher risk of certain cancers such as lymphoma, a disease which predominately effects women, the risk of both ovarian and breast cancer is dramatically reduced. Why? well thats a different story.........
  • Tee Guidotti added an answer:
    How can public concern regarding a risk-related problem or issue be measured over time, without conducting a survey?
    Methodology question: I am trying to figure out how to measure the degree to which a risk-related problem has become a public issue. The metric needs to be easily analyzed, accessible, quantitative, and stable over at least five years (from 2015 to 2020) and have high face validity. The measurement should be robust – it does not have to be particularly refined or capable of resolving small differences. The application for this metric is that I am developing a project that has to do with factors (such as Peter Sandeman’s “outrage”) that determine which risk-related (environmental, health, sustainability) issues become public issues over time. I need a way to measure outcomes and compare them against predictions. Social media is the most obvious approach. One metric would be Google hits, which is convenient, free, and cumulative, and which almost certainly will be around in five years in roughly the present form without too much bias from algorithm changes introduced over the period. On the other hand, I am concerned about Twitter because I’m not sure it will be as stable a platform over the time period and I’m not sure how much people tweet about issues as opposed to people and events. Newspaper inches in a journal of record (such as the New York Times), which used to be an old standby, might be completely obsolete by 2020. I would be grateful for practical ideas.
    Tee Guidotti · Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health
    Interesting metric idea. I don't know how to do this but maybe can get some help. The context of this is that next winter/spring I'll be a Fulbright Visiting Chair at McMaster. My priorities will be to teach my new book on health and sustainability (not out yet) and to initiate this particular study. Hoping to get some tech-enthusiast students to help me figure out a robust protocol than even I can follow through with in 5 years time.
  • Gilbert L'Italien added an answer:
    What is the best approach to adjust for smoking as a potential confounder?
    I want to adjust for smoking in an analysis and want to go beyond the simple current, former and never categorization of smokers, which seems to be a bit too crude for my purposes. Of course, the choice of how to parameterize smoking status depends on the outcome of interest (here, my outcome is composite cardiovascular disease). I am thinking that I need to account for dose/duration and perhaps recency of quitting. I am wondering what advice people have and if there are any key references that specifically address this issue.
    Gilbert L'Italien · Bristol-Myers Squibb/Yale University
    Agree that smoking duration is more important than pack years. In my view the deleterious effects of smoking on CVD pertain to artherothrombotic effects and are cumulative. But those effects diminish over time with stopping. So classify smokers as current (smoking during the period of follow up for CVD events) or past (quit smoking before the period of follow up for CVD events) or recent (quit smoking during the period of follow up for CVD events). Add another variable that gives the duration of smoking (eg 5 years). If you have a large enough sample size, you could also add a variable for age at onset of smoking. As an example, I smoked for 6 years, I began smoking at age 18, I am now 63. So class me as past smoker , 6yrs duration, age of smoking onset 18. These variables would exert very little effect on my current risk for CVD, which is what you wish (ie dose response). A current smoker, who smoked for 20 years, who started at 18 and is currently 38 should exhibit a much higher risk for CVD than a non smoker of similar age
  • Gurdeep Singh Mannu added an answer:
    Is the increase in DCIS incidence over the last few decades solely due to the introduction of breast screening?
    To what extent have lifestyle, diet, patient, treatment and tumour factors influenced this change (if at all)?
    Gurdeep Mannu · Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Thank you Constantine, that is a most informative contribution. Thank you Narender, however I have found ultrasound is rarely used in some centres for screening purposes in the screening age group (>40) (with mammography preferred) but I agree other factors such as urbanization and lifestyle that you mention may be important.
  • Peter Moono added an answer:
    How can I reinstall Rstudio on my computer?
    It was deleted from drive C a couple of days ago. My computer 's operating system is VISTA. I have tried to reinstall a countless times but the computer keeps telling me it can not be found on the system. Are there computer experts who can help me out of this misery?
    Peter Moono · University of Western Australia
    I just realised that Rstudio is not a stand alone software. This explains the reason I was having problems. Rstudio needs a computer running on R-version from 2.11 and above. Cheers.
  • R. Bruce Paton added an answer:
    What is the scientific grounding for sustainability? Is there such a thing as "sustainability science"?
    Writing a book and one chapter is on how managing sustainability seems to be turning into a profession, with full-time managers doing this in business. What do professionals in sustainability need to know? Is there a distinct science underlying the field? If so, what does it involve? Are environmental sciences and studies programs providing adequate grounding in this science? Please concentrate on the questions, not the definition of sustainability. There are lots of different definitions of sustainability (my book will offer another one), but for the purpose of this discussion, please assume that "sustainability" means doing business and managing enterprises in a way that works toward the goal that there is minimum impact on the environment, good prospects for the future, no degradation that would compromise the future, and that protects health and a decent life.
    R. Bruce Paton · San Francisco State University
    for an insightful framing of the scientific questions, look at The Natural Step's "system conditions" for sustainability. The Natural Step seems to be somewhat out of fashion among Americans working in this area, but the framework is immensely valuable conceptually.
  • Mojca Bozic-Mijovski added an answer:
    Determing cut off value to consider as risk while calculating odds ratio
    How to determine cut off value of independent variables (e.g. pack year of smoking, parity, amount of alcohol etc.) to consider as risk while analyzing OR in case control study.
    Mojca Bozic-Mijovski · Ljubljana University Medical Centre
    I absolutely agree that continuous variates should be used as often as possible. However, for researches as myself (I'm a biochemist with no access to statisticians), calculating an odds ratio is much simpler. I just surfed the net trying to find how to plot log odds (for example log odds of developing cardiovascular disease against number of cigarettes smoked daily) and found absolutely nothing useful.
  • Kota Katanoda added an answer:
    How can I calculate risk-factor-specific incidence rates from overall population incidence rate and prevalence/relative risk of that risk factor?
    I am looking for a standard way to calculate risk-factor-specific incidence rate from overall population incidence rate. The available data are overall population incidence rate of a disease, prevalence of a risk factor, and relative risk of that disease according to the risk factor. What I want to do is to estimate the incidence rate of people with or without that risk factor. My image is to allocate the overall incidence rate into two groups (risk factor holders and non-holders), keeping consistency with the overall incidence rate. Are there any good references?
    Kota Katanoda · National Cancer Center, Japan
    Thanks Freddy! That's exactly what I was looking for.
  • Suman Saurabh added an answer:
    How to calculate the the confidence intervals for a Mantel Haenszel stratified Odds ratio?
    I am synthesizing some data from a few observational studies for a meta analysis later, I calculated a weighted odds ratio using the M.H method, however I am not sure how to calculate the confidence intervals. I am not using any statistical software at the moment, just doing calculations and putting in the data into an excel file. Can I just calculate the standard error by adding all exposed and unexposed groups in the cases and controls, and then using the standard formula for standard error calculation and so on for C.I ? Or is there any specific method for calculating C.I of the M.H odds ratios.
    Suman Saurabh · Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research
    A specific method for calculating confidence interval of Mantel-Haenszel Odds Ratio was first described in Clayton D. & Hills M. (1993) Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. Oxford University Press, Oxford. It is also reproduced in Page 183 of Essential Medical Statistics by Betty Kirkwood and Jonathan E. Sterne. The following steps should be followed to calculate the Mantel-Haenszel CI : i) Here 95% CI ranges from OR/EF to OR*EF, where OR is Mantel-Haenszel Odds ratio and EF is the exposure factor; ii) EF = exp (1.96* SE) , where exp is exponential and SE is the Standard error of the Mantel-Haenszel Odds Ratio; iii) SE = Sqrt [V/(Q*R)]; iv) Now just think about a, b, c, d as the values the four cells of a 2 X 2 table of each stratum (Remember that using this approach we usually describe the simple Odds Ratio as (a*d)/ (b*c) ). Thus ai, bi, ci ,di represent the a, b, c, d values of the i-th stratum. Similarly ni is the sum of ai, bi, ci and di in the i-th stratum; v) Using the above notational style, Q = Sigma (i.e. summation of) [(ai*bi) / ni] R = Sigma [(ci*di) / ni] V = Sigma [(ai +bi)* (ci+di)*(ai+ci)*(bi+di)]/ [ni*ni*(ni-1)]. You can easily generate the 95% Ci in Excel itself provided you carefully translate the above to Excel formula. If you are still not sure, you can directly consult the books mentioned in the beginning.
  • Rute Barbosa Marques added an answer:
    Intermittent Androgen Deprivation (IAD) therapy in prostate cancer patients: Do you know the degree of implementation in your country or area?
    At least since 2008 IAD has been considered an option that may be offered to men with metastatic prostate cancer but I have no idea about actual application of this strategy. Any feedback or publications would be welcomed.
    Rute Marques · Erasmus MC
    You may find this article interesting. www.researchgate.net/publication/258824139_Intermittent_versus_continuous_cyproterone_acetate_in_bone_metastatic_prostate_cancer_results_of_a_randomized_trial
  • Tom Nadarzynski asked a question:
    Would targeted (risk-based) HPV vaccination for men who have sex with men be considered in the absence of gender-neutral HPV vaccination?
    Could that be considered in countries with high coverage in females due to the low anticipated benefit and insufficient cost-effectiveness? There are MSM-targeted hepatitis vaccination programmes already in place in some countries such as the UK.
  • Jason Leung added an answer:
    Calculating standard error of a log Odds ratio from confidence intervals?
    Higher limit of C.I - lower limit of C.I / 3.92 is the formula I used, my question is that this gives me a standard error of the regular odds ratio as opposed as the Log odds ratio, so should I just calculate the natural log of the standard errors I get through the above formula or should I first convert the limits of the confidence intervals into their natural log and calculate the S.E then?
    Jason Leung · The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    For your formula, higher limit and lower limit of Ci should be taken natural log first e.g. CI of OR (2, 5), after taking natural log, it is (0.693, 1.609), SE=(1.609-0.693)/3.92=0.2337 remark: 3.92 is 1.96*2
  • Krzysztof Lach added an answer:
    With limited data available how do we explain inter-study heterogeneity while doing a meta-analysis?
    I am trying to look at the association between a polymorphism and risk of cancer incidence by a meta-analysis. However for some studies we do not have the complete genotype information for the same. We noted allele distribution from the publications and tried to contact authors to obtain the complete genotype data. Some of them, however, haven't responded. So we have done a primary analysis including only studies that have the complete genotype data. Now I wish to do a sensitivity analysis by including the omitted studies and perform the comparisons with the available data. Is this approach correct? or unnecessary?
    Krzysztof Lach · Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica
    The question is how will you manage to add the studies, from which results are not available? From my perspective the best thing you can do is to discuss possbile limitation of publication bias. You are aware that the estimation done by metaanalysis could be different because of unpublished results. The issue has to be discussed and explained. Stats Direct shows a plot, from whoch possible publication bias can be assessed, although you know for shure that there is not available data, because you encountered such studies. On the other hand, if the result of the metaanalysis shows a heterogenity test p<= 0,1, that could mean possible heterogenity of the studies included to metaanalysis. Then a sensitivity analysis is a must taking into account discriminating factors. More on that topic here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1767262/
  • Zohaib Khan asked a question:
    Any suggestions calculating log of odds ratio?
    How does this work, do i just take a log table and note the corresponding log value of the odds ratios that i have or is there a specific formula for it ?
  • What do you think abut the USPHS task force recommendations on mammography and prostate caner screening?
    What do you think abut the USPHS task force recommendations on mammography and prostate caner screening?
    Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller · Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Thanks. Yes, I would be interested in a citable PDF version so that I can send it to some course leaders and students and start a debate on this in the medical school.
  • Brkic Tomislav added an answer:
    What is the incidence of colorectal cancer in the differents parts of colon?
    I've been studying in some books and found differents values, none consensus.
    Brkic Tomislav · Policlinic Apnea - Zagreb; Radnicka cesta 57; 10000 Zagreb - Croatia
    Tumor subsite location within the colon is prognostic for survival after colon cancer diagnosis. Proximal colon cancers are more likely to present with advanced stage than distal cancers. Sigmoid colon cancers were observed to have earlier stage, lower tumor grade, and independently decreased colorectal cancer-specific mortality compared with proximal tumors.
  • Seram A. added an answer:
    Journals on epidemiology of cancer ?
    I would like to publish a short report on epidemiology of cancer. Please suggest some journal which publish short report/ short communication. I have tried Cancer Epidemiology AND Cancer cause and control but denied saying my area is out of their scope. My area is on "Consumption of Herbal Tea and Oral cancer"
    Seram A. · Assam University
    Dear, João Conde , Jose Rueff, Samir Abou-Hussein and Lois Haighton... Thank you all for your valuable suggestions.. Seram. A
  • Tatiana taty Charles added an answer:
    Any estimates of the number of persons alive in the world who have ever had cancer?
    There is the well-known estimate of 12.6 million cancer survivors in the U.S., but I cannot find a similar estimate for the world (other than incidence and prevalence).
    Tatiana Charles · Université Quisqueya
    I don't find any answer about the exact number of persons alive in the world who have ever had cancer. Visit for some estimation: www.who.int/cancer
  • Asif Patel added an answer:
    Does anybody know where to get good stats on worldwide epidemiology of thyroid cancer over last 10-20 years?
    Thyroid cancer
    Asif Patel · Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    I think you could get it if you contact or emial WHO. You can try even Lancet.
  • Peizhong Peter Wang asked a question:
    Need a collaborator with experience in Mendelian Randomization analysis
    I am putting a grant proposal (diet, lifestyles and colorectal cancer) together and part of it is Mendelian Randomization (MR) analysis. As I have never done this before, I feel having an experienced collaborator in our team will help. Please contact me if you are interested.
  • Alireza Mosavi Jarrahi added an answer:
    How can we use capture-recapture analysis for evaluating our cancer registry data?
    We are planning to evaluate the quality of our cancer registry data for its completeness by using 3 sources of data, is there any one who would like to help us in capture-recapture analysis?
    Alireza Mosavi Jarrahi · Simon Fraser University
    You need to make sure you understand the underlying assumption of capture-recapture. In the R library there are few packages that will help you to do the analysis.
  • Carol Gano asked a question:
    Non-tomato sourced "FruHis" in dried fruits.
    Epidemiology links processed tomato lycopene with reduced risk of prostate cancer, is anyone doing research on non-tomato sources of "FruHis" a reported potential "co-factor" that may explain why other foods rich in lycopene do not display the characteristic reduction in prostate cancer risk?
  • Barry James Barclay added an answer:
    Cancer and water
    Cancer Risk,Environment,Contaminated Drinking Water. http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sergei_Ostroumov/blog/4981_Cancer_Risk_Environment_Contaminated_Drinking_Water Women have increased risk of cancer 20 years after drinking and using slightly contaminated water (which was officially - according to all formal criteria - considered safe and of proper quality).
    Barry Barclay · Planet Biotechnology, Inc.
    Although water is important as a vector for environmental carcinogens in many cases the contaminants are organic ( pesticides like malathion) and bioaccumulate in human adipose tissue -like those of the breast. Secondly many water-soluable contaminants are found in high concentrations in foods even when water remains potable.
  • Closed account asked a question:
    Preventing Cancer. Water
    Cancer Risk,Environment,Contaminated Drinking Water. http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sergei_Ostroumov/blog/4981_Cancer_Risk_Environment_Contaminated_Drinking_Water at that site (above) : New interesting scientific information: A relevant presentation was made at University of Massachsetts, Amherst, October 22, 2010: (So-called EWRE seminar). The seminar was presented by Dr. Verónica Vieira from School of Public Health at Boston University about “Cancer Risk and Environmental Exposure to Contaminated Drinking Water”. The site shows the ABSTRACT.

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