Studies in the epidemiology of prostatic cancer: expanded sampling

Cancer Treat Rep. Mar-Apr 1977;61(2):173-80.


From comparisons of prostatic cancer patients with matched control patients for selected risk variables, patients are characterized by three main trends: (a) delayed sexual drive and development, (b) early repression of sexuality, and (c) premature cessation of sexuality. Excessive numbers of patients reported occupational exposure to fertilizers and auto exhaust fumes. Diets of the patients were higher in animal fats. No differences were found between both groups for frequencies of multiple marriages or sex partners, nor for stressful effects from selected events early or late in life. Trends for circumcision and other variables are presented. The data suggest that early differences are hormonally conditioned, support a provisional endogenous rationale for initiation of prostatic cancer, and oppose a hypothesis favoring transmissible oncogenic agents. If results continue to hold up with increased sampling, limitation upon sexual activity at any time of life may increase risk.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • California
  • Dietary Fats
  • Fertilizers
  • Humans
  • Illinois
  • Libido
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Masturbation
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Puberty
  • Sampling Studies
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Vehicle Emissions


  • Dietary Fats
  • Fertilizers
  • Vehicle Emissions