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Pre-diagnostic metabolite concentrations and prostate cancer risk in 1077 cases and 1077 matched controls in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

  • Julie A. Schmidt1Email author,
  • Georgina K. Fensom1,
  • Sabina Rinaldi2,
  • Augustin Scalbert2,
  • Paul N. Appleby1,
  • David Achaintre2,
  • Audrey Gicquiau2,
  • Marc J. Gunter2, 3,
  • Pietro Ferrari2,
  • Rudolf Kaaks4,
  • Tilman Kühn4,
  • Anna Floegel5,
  • Heiner Boeing5,
  • Antonia Trichopoulou6, 7,
  • Pagona Lagiou6, 7, 8,
  • Eleutherios Anifantis6,
  • Claudia Agnoli9,
  • Domenico Palli10,
  • Morena Trevisan11, 12,
  • Rosario Tumino13,
  • H. Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita3, 14,
  • Antonio Agudo15,
  • Nerea Larrañaga16, 17,
  • Daniel Redondo-Sánchez17, 18,
  • Aurelio Barricarte17, 19, 20,
  • José Maria Huerta17, 21,
  • J. Ramón Quirós22,
  • Nick Wareham23,
  • Kay-Tee Khaw24,
  • Aurora Perez-Cornago1,
  • Mattias Johansson2,
  • Amanda J. Cross3,
  • Konstantinos K. Tsilidis3, 25,
  • Elio Riboli3,
  • Timothy J. Key1 and
  • Ruth C. Travis1
BMC Medicine201715:122

Received: 15 December 2016

Accepted: 26 May 2017

Published: 5 July 2017

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Original Submission
15 Dec 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
9 Feb 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Elizabeth Want
27 Feb 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Daniel Raftery
6 Apr 2017 Author responded Author comments - Julie Schmidt
Resubmission - Version 2
6 Apr 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
18 Apr 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Daniel Raftery
22 May 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Elizabeth Want
26 May 2017 Author responded Author comments - Julie Schmidt
Resubmission - Version 3
26 May 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 3
26 May 2017 Editorially accepted
5 Jul 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12916-017-0885-6

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Authors’ Affiliations

Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
International Agency for Research on Cancer
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London
Division of Cancer Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Foundation under Public Law
Department of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) 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, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan 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
Cancer Epidemiology Unit-CERMS, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin
Cancer Registry and Histopathology Unit, “Civic-M.P.Arezzo” Hospital
Department for Determinants of Chronic Diseases (DCD), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Unit of Nutrition and Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Research Program, Catalan Institute of Oncology-IDIBELL
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) Pamplona
Department of Epidemiology, Murcia Regional Health Council, IMIB-Arrixaca
Public Health Directorate
MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge
Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Ioannina