Dr Eva Negri
Università degli Studi di Milano
Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Vialba Via G. B. Grassi 74
Paolo Boffetta, University of Bologna, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, IT, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlo La Vecchia, University of Milan, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, IT, email@example.com
Fabio Parazzini, University of Milan, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, IT, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first aim of the project is to investigate whether there has been an increase over time in the incidence of 14 diseases and conditions that may be associated with exposure to endocrine active substances.
These conditions are:
- endometrial, breast, testicular and prostate cancer
- semen quality
- low birth weight and preterm births
- early breast development and polycystic ovarian syndrome
- hypospadias and cryptorchidism
- autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- diabetes and obesity
The second aim of the project is to systematically review the published literature on the association between reproductive factors and the 14 diseases and conditions. Reproductive factors have markedly changed over time, particularly in high-income countries (e.g. age at first birth, number of children, maternal obesity), and it is possible that these changes had an influence on the incidence of the conditions under study.
The third aim of the study uses the results from our systematic reviews (Aim #2) in order to evaluate how the changes over time in reproductive factors may have influenced the incidence trends of the 14 diseases and conditions under study (Aim #1).