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BACKGROUND Findings that statins inhibited the proliferation of breast cancer cells in vitro and in rodents have raised interest in whether the use of statins might decrease a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. We analyzed data from a population-based case-control study to evaluate the association between the use of statins and breast cancer risk. (More)
PURPOSE Urothelial carcinoma has the highest lifetime treatment cost of any cancer, making it an ideal target for preventative therapies. Previous work has suggested that certain vitamin and mineral supplements may reduce the risk of urothelial carcinoma. We used the prospective VITamins And Lifestyle cohort to examine the association of all commonly taken(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous studies of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have relied on samples from specialty clinics. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of use and perceived outcomes of CAM in a large, diverse IBD population. METHODS A postal survey of the members of the Crohn's(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS We examined birth cohort and calendar period trends in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) incidence in Canada (1976-2000). We also projected HCC incidence rates through 2015. PATIENTS AND METHODS Data were obtained from the Canadian Cancer Registry on all cases of HCC diagnosed among persons aged 20 years and older in Canada from 1976 to(More)
INTRODUCTION Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a significant problem among aging men. ED is independently associated with cardiovascular (CV) events (angina, myocardial infarction, and stroke). AIM We sought to determine if ED was associated with CV death. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Risk of CV death in men with ED. METHODS Exactly 31,296 men in Washington aged(More)
BACKGROUND Dietary supplement use is common in older US adults; however, data on health risks and benefits are lacking for a number of supplements. OBJECTIVE We evaluated whether 10-y average intakes of 13 vitamin and mineral supplements and glucosamine, chondroitin, saw palmetto, Ginko biloba, garlic, fish-oil, and fiber supplements were associated with(More)
OBJECTIVE We review the uses of electronic health care data algorithms, measures of their accuracy, and reasons for prioritizing one measure of accuracy over another. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING We use real studies to illustrate the variety of uses of automated health care data in epidemiologic and health services research. Hypothetical examples show the(More)
BACKGROUND T1 melanoma staging is significantly affected by tissue sampling approaches, which have not been well characterized. OBJECTIVE We sought to characterize presence of mitotic figures across a minimum of 5 sequential sections of T1 melanomas. METHODS A cohort of T1 melanomas with either 5 (single section per slide) or 10 (2 sections per slide)(More)
In this cohort study, the authors evaluated how supplemental use of multivitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E over a 10-year period was related to 5-year total mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality. Participants (n = 77,719) were Washington State residents aged 50-76 years who completed a mailed self-administered(More)
BACKGROUND Studies of breast cancer outcomes rely on the identification of second breast cancer events (recurrences and second breast primary tumors). Cancer registries often do not capture recurrences, and chart abstraction can be infeasible or expensive. An alternative is using administrative health-care data to identify second breast cancer events;(More)