MPIDR Working Paper

Cancer rates over age, time, and place: insights from stochastic models of heterogeneous populations

Vaupel, J. W., Yashin, A. I.

MPIDR Working Paper WP-1999-006 (April 1999).
Rostock, Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung


Individuals at the same age in the same population differ along numerous risk factors that affect their chances of various causes of death. The frail and susceptible tend to die first. This differential selection may partially account for some of the puzzles in cancer epidemiology, including the lack of apparent progress in reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates over time. (AUTHORS)