Cancer epidemiology

A branch or subspecialty of epidemiology that studies factors influencing the occurrence (e.g., incidence, population distribution) of neoplastic and pre-neoplastic diseases and related disorders. Primary outcomes include incidence, prevalence, survival, and mortality from all types of cancers.

Source: Porta M. A Dictionary of Epidemiology. 5th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2008.

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