The San Francisco Bay Area Prostate Cancer Study, conducted from 1998 through 2004, compares men with local or advanced prostate cancer to men who remained cancer-free. This study focused on the role of modifiable lifestyle factors (vitamin D, calcium, body size, physical activity, dietary factors) in the causation of prostate cancer, as well as on potential genetic predisposition. In collaboration with a similar companion study conducted in Los Angeles county, this study continues to be an important resource for collaborative studies searching for new genes for prostate cancer and for other causal factors.
Esther M. John, Ph.D.
Sue Ingles, Ph.D., and Mariana Stern, Ph.D. (University of Southern California)
California Cancer Research Program