Most pathologists are part-time epidemiologists as well. The two medical disciplines are more closely allied than most realize. Epidemiologists study the distribution and determinants of diseases in human populations. In current medical practice, diseases often are defined by histopathological diagnoses or by clinical pathological test values. Thus, whenever a pathologist shifts intellectually from the level of the individual slide or specimen to thinking about a group of diagnoses, an informal epidemiologic question is being raised. For example, “How common is this diagnosis?” is a question of prevalence or incidence. “Why am I seeing so many cases of this type of tumor?” is a question of time trends. “How would my colleague interpret these slides compared with me?” is a question of interpathologist agreement. “What causes this disease I am seeing every week?” is a question of etiology that can be addressed by pathologists working as epidemiologists, or with them.


Ovarian Cancer Cervical Cancer Endometrial Cancer Oral Contraceptive Epithelial Ovarian Cancer 
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  • Mark H. Schiffman
  • Louise A. Brinton

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