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Reproductive factors and risk of mortality in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition; a cohort study

  • Melissa A. Merritt1Email author,
  • Elio Riboli1,
  • Neil Murphy1,
  • Mai Kadi1,
  • Anne Tjønneland2,
  • Anja Olsen2,
  • Kim Overvad3,
  • Laure Dossus4, 5, 6,
  • Laureen Dartois4, 5, 6,
  • Françoise Clavel-Chapelon4, 5, 6,
  • Renée T. Fortner7,
  • Verena A. Katzke7,
  • Heiner Boeing8,
  • Antonia Trichopoulou9, 10, 11,
  • Pagona Lagiou10, 11, 12,
  • Dimitrios Trichopoulos9, 11, 12,
  • Domenico Palli13,
  • Sabina Sieri14,
  • Rosario Tumino15,
  • Carlotta Sacerdote16,
  • Salvatore Panico17,
  • H. Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita1, 18, 19, 20,
  • Petra H. Peeters1, 21,
  • Eiliv Lund22,
  • Aurelie Nakamura22,
  • Elisabete Weiderpass22, 23, 24, 25,
  • J. Ramón Quirós26,
  • Antonio Agudo27,
  • Esther Molina-Montes28, 29,
  • Nerea Larrañaga29, 30,
  • Miren Dorronsoro29, 31,
  • Lluís Cirera29, 32,
  • Aurelio Barricarte29, 33,
  • Åsa Olsson34,
  • Salma Butt34,
  • Annika Idahl35, 36,
  • Eva Lundin37,
  • Nicholas J. Wareham38,
  • Timothy J. Key39,
  • Paul Brennan40,
  • Pietro Ferrari40,
  • Petra A. Wark1,
  • Teresa Norat1,
  • Amanda J. Cross1 and
  • Marc J. Gunter1
BMC Medicine201513:252

Received: 20 May 2015

Accepted: 9 September 2015

Published: 30 October 2015

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30 Oct 2015 Article published 10.1186/s12916-015-0484-3

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London
Danish Cancer Society Research Center
Department of Public Health, Section for Epidemiology, Aarhus University
Inserm, Centre for research in Epidemiology and Population Health (CESP), U1018, Nutrition, Hormones and Women’s Health team
Université Paris Sud, UMRS 1018
Institut Gustave Roussy
Division of Cancer Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
Department of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
Hellenic Health Foundation
Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Athens Medical School
Bureau of Epidemiologic Research, Academy of Athens
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology Unit, Cancer Research and Prevention Institute – ISPO, Ponte Nuovo Palazzina 28 A “Mario Fiori”
Epidemiology and Prevention Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
Cancer Registry and Histopathology Unit, “Civic – M.P.Arezzo” Hospital, ASP
Unit of Cancer Epidemiology, Citta’ della Salute e della Scienza Hospital- University of Turin and Center for Cancer Prevention (CPO), Via Santena 7
Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Chirurgia, Federico II University
Department for Determinants of Chronic Diseases (DCD), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Medical Centre Utrecht
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
Department of Epidemiology, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway
Department of Research, Cancer Registry of Norway
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet
Genetic Epidemiology Group, Folkhälsan Research Center
Public Health Directorate, Asturias
Unit of Nutrition and Cancer, IDIBELL, Catalan Institute of Oncology-ICO, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública, Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria ibs and Hospitales Universitarios de Granada/Universidad de Granada
CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP)
Public Health Division of Gipuzkoa, BIODonostia Research Institute, Basque Health Department
Public Health Direction and Biodonostia-Ciberesp, Basque Regional Health Department
Department of Epidemiology, Murcia Regional Health Council, IMIB - Arrixaca
Navarre Public Health Institute
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Malmö and Department of Surgery, Lund University, Skane University Hospital
Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Umeå University
Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Nutritional Research, Umeå University
Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology, Umeå University
MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, Richard Doll Building, University of Oxford
International Agency for Research on Cancer