Prostate cancer epidemiology

Lancet. 2003 Mar 8;361(9360):859-64. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(03)12713-4.


Because more and more men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer worldwide, knowledge about and prevention of this disease is important. Epidemiological studies have provided some insight about the cause of prostate cancer in terms of diet and genetic factors. However, compared with other common cancers such as breast and lung cancer, the causes remain poorly understood. Several important issues could help in our understanding of this disease-the variation in incidence of prostate cancer between ethnic populations and the factors leading to familial clustering of the diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diet
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Finasteride / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / genetics
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Risk Factors
  • Selenium / therapeutic use*


  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Finasteride
  • Selenium