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Prostate Cancer

  1. Walther Vogel,
  2. Christiane Maier,
  3. Thomas Paiss

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0006058



How to Cite

Vogel, W., Maier, C. and Paiss, T. 2006. Prostate Cancer. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Prostate cancer is a complex disease with an etiology attributed to both genetic and environmental factors. Hereditary prostate cancer is thought to be caused by multiple high-risk genes following a complex or polygenic pattern. Low-risk genes may be involved in a significant proportion of sporadic prostate cancers.


  • hereditary prostate cancer;
  • genetic epidemiology;
  • linkage analysis;
  • high-risk genes;
  • association studies