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The Multiethnic Cohort Study of Diet and Cancer (MEC)

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  1. Epidemiological study


  1. Resource Description
    Purpose The MEC Study was established to examine lifestyle risk factors, especially diet and nutrition, as well as genetic susceptibility (an inherited tendency to react more strongly to particular exposures) in relation to the causation of cancer. Follow-up Persons in the cohort who develop cancer are identified through cancer registries that have been established by state statute in Hawai‘i and California to monitor the progress of the disease and public health efforts to control it. In addition to the baseline questionnaire, two other questionnaires were mailed to MEC participants to get additional information. A 4-page questionnaire was sent in 1999-2001 and another 26-page questionnaire was sent in 2003-2008. Biological specimens (mainly blood and urine samples) were collected from selected members of the cohort, starting in 1996, but the main collection took place from 2001-2006. These specimens enable us to study dietary components measured in blood and urine in relation to cancer risk, and also the interaction between genetic susceptibility and diet. Biological specimens on more than 70,000 cohort participants are being stored in special low temperature freezers in Hawai‘i and California.
  2. Contact
    Kolonel, Laurence
  3. PI
    Kolonel, Laurence
  4. Topic
    breast cancer
  5. Topic
    kidney cancer
  6. Topic
    colorectal cancer
  7. Study Population
    The cohort is comprised of more than 215,000 men and women primarily of African-American, Japanese, Latino, Native Hawaiian and Caucasian origin.
  8. Related Publication or Documentation
    The Multiethnic Cohort Study: Exploring Genes, Lifestyle and Cancer Risk
  9. Website(s)
  10. Funded by
    National Cancer Institute
  11. Biological Specimen
    Blood serum (pre-diagnosis)
  12. Biological Specimen
    Blood plasma (pre-diagnosis)
  13. Biological Specimen
    Leukocytes (pre-diagnosis)
  14. Biological Specimen
    Erythrocytes (pre-diagnosis)
  15. Biological Specimen
    Urine collection (pre-diagnosis)
  16. Biological Specimen
    Blood serum (post-diagnosis)
  17. Biological Specimen
    Blood plasma (post-diagnosis)
  18. Biological Specimen
    Leukocytes (post-diagnosis)
  19. Biological Specimen
    Erythrocytes (post-diagnosis)
  20. Performed by
    Kolonel Lab
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  4. creator
    awendicke (Annemarie Wendicke)
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