Women's reproductive cancers in evolutionary context

S. Boyd Eaton, Malcolm C. Pike, Roger V. Short, Nancy C. Lee, James Trussell, Robert A. Hatcher, James W. Wood, Carol M. Worthman, Nicholas G. Blurton Jones, Melvin J. Konner, Kim Hill, Robert Bailey, Ana Hurtado

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Abstract

Reproductive experiences for women in today's affluent Western nations differ from those of women in hunting and gathering societies, who continue the ancestral human pattern. These differences parallel commonly accepted reproductive risk factors for cancers of the breast, endometrium and ovary. Nutritional practices, exercise requirements, and body composition are nonreproductive influences that have been proposed as additional factors affecting the incidence of women's cancers. In each case, these would further increase risk for women in industrialized countries relative to forager women. Lifestyles and reproductive patterns new from an evolutionary perspective may promote women's cancers. Calculations based on a theoretical model suggest that, to age 60, modern Western women have a breast cancer risk as much as 100 times that of preagricultural women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-366
Number of pages14
JournalQuarterly Review of Biology
Volume69
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Eaton, S. B., Pike, M. C., Short, R. V., Lee, N. C., Trussell, J., Hatcher, R. A., ... Hurtado, A. (1994). Women's reproductive cancers in evolutionary context. Quarterly Review of Biology, 69(3), 353-366.

Women's reproductive cancers in evolutionary context. / Eaton, S. Boyd; Pike, Malcolm C.; Short, Roger V.; Lee, Nancy C.; Trussell, James; Hatcher, Robert A.; Wood, James W.; Worthman, Carol M.; Blurton Jones, Nicholas G.; Konner, Melvin J.; Hill, Kim; Bailey, Robert; Hurtado, Ana.

In: Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 69, No. 3, 09.1994, p. 353-366.

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Eaton, SB, Pike, MC, Short, RV, Lee, NC, Trussell, J, Hatcher, RA, Wood, JW, Worthman, CM, Blurton Jones, NG, Konner, MJ, Hill, K, Bailey, R & Hurtado, A 1994, 'Women's reproductive cancers in evolutionary context', Quarterly Review of Biology, vol. 69, no. 3, pp. 353-366.
Eaton SB, Pike MC, Short RV, Lee NC, Trussell J, Hatcher RA et al. Women's reproductive cancers in evolutionary context. Quarterly Review of Biology. 1994 Sep;69(3):353-366.
Eaton, S. Boyd ; Pike, Malcolm C. ; Short, Roger V. ; Lee, Nancy C. ; Trussell, James ; Hatcher, Robert A. ; Wood, James W. ; Worthman, Carol M. ; Blurton Jones, Nicholas G. ; Konner, Melvin J. ; Hill, Kim ; Bailey, Robert ; Hurtado, Ana. / Women's reproductive cancers in evolutionary context. In: Quarterly Review of Biology. 1994 ; Vol. 69, No. 3. pp. 353-366.
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