Opportunities for cancer epidemiology in developing countries

Nat Rev Cancer. 2004 Nov;4(11):909-17. doi: 10.1038/nrc1475.


Most cancer epidemiology studies involve people living in North America and Europe, which represent only a fraction of the global population. The wide variety of dietary, lifestyle and environmental exposures, as well as the genetic variation among people in developing countries can provide valuable new information on factors that contribute to cancer or that protect against it. What are the challenges and advantages to performing large epidemiological studies in developing nations?

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Developing Countries*
  • Epidemiologic Studies*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Research / trends