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Tall height and obesity are associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer: results from the EPIC cohort study

  • Aurora Perez-Cornago1Email author,
  • Paul N. Appleby1,
  • Tobias Pischon2,
  • Konstantinos K. Tsilidis3, 4,
  • Anne Tjønneland5,
  • Anja Olsen5,
  • Kim Overvad6,
  • Rudolf Kaaks7,
  • Tilman Kühn7,
  • Heiner Boeing8,
  • Annika Steffen8,
  • Antonia Trichopoulou9, 10,
  • Pagona Lagiou9, 10, 11,
  • Maria Kritikou9,
  • Vittorio Krogh12,
  • Domenico Palli13,
  • Carlotta Sacerdote14,
  • Rosario Tumino15,
  • H. Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita4, 16, 17,
  • Antonio Agudo18,
  • Nerea Larrañaga19, 20,
  • Elena Molina-Portillo20, 21,
  • Aurelio Barricarte20, 22, 23,
  • Maria-Dolores Chirlaque20, 24, 25,
  • J. Ramón Quirós26,
  • Pär Stattin27, 28,
  • Christel Häggström27, 29,
  • Nick Wareham30,
  • Kay-Tee Khaw31,
  • Julie A. Schmidt1,
  • Marc Gunter32,
  • Heinz Freisling32,
  • Dagfinn Aune4,
  • Heather Ward4,
  • Elio Riboli4,
  • Timothy J. Key1 and
  • Ruth C. Travis1
BMC Medicine201715:115

Received: 8 December 2016

Accepted: 16 May 2017

Published: 13 July 2017

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Original Submission
8 Dec 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
26 Jan 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Emma Allott
10 Feb 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Neil Fleshner
14 Mar 2017 Author responded Author comments - Aurora Perez-Cornago
Resubmission - Version 2
14 Mar 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
23 Mar 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Emma Allott
2 May 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Neil Fleshner
11 May 2017 Author responded Author comments - Aurora Perez-Cornago
Resubmission - Version 3
11 May 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 3
16 May 2017 Editorially accepted
13 Jul 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12916-017-0876-7

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Authors’ Affiliations

Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
Molecular Epidemiology Group, Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine
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
Division of Cancer Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
Department of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Hellenic Health Foundation
WHO Collaborating Center for Nutrition and Health, Unit of Nutritional Epidemiology and Nutrition in Public Health, Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Athens Medical School
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Epidemiology and Prevention Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
Cancer Risk Factors and Life-Style Epidemiology Unit, Cancer Research and Prevention Institute – ISPO
Unit of Cancer Epidemiology, AO Citta’ della Salute e della Scienza-University of Turin and Center for Cancer Prevention (CPO-Piemonte)
Cancer Registry and Histopathology Unit, “Civic - M.P. Arezzo” Hospital, Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale
Department for Determinants of Chronic Diseases (DCD), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
Unit of Nutrition and Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Research Program, Catalan Institute of Oncology-IDIBELL, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
Public Health Division of Gipuzkoa, Regional Government of the Basque Country
CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP)
Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública, Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria ibs, GRANADA, Hospitales Universitarios de Granada/Universidad de Granada
Navarra Public Health Institute
Navarra Institute for Health Research (IdiSNA)
Department of Epidemiology, Regional Health Council, IMIB-Arrixaca
Department of Health and Social Sciences, Universidad de Murcia
Public Health Directorate
Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University
Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Urology and Andrology, Umeå University
Department of Biobank Research, Umeå University
MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Section of Nutrition and Metabolism, International Agency for Research on Cancer