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Br J Cancer. 2001 June; 84(11): 1463–1465.
PMCID: PMC2363671

An epidemiological study of cancer in adult twins born in Norway 1905–1945


We have identified 23 334 individuals (40%) of twins born in Norway 1905–45 where both twins were alive in 1960 without malignant disease. These were linked to the Cancer Registry of Norway. A reduced risk of malignant disease was demonstrated among twins for all tumour sites combined; standardized incidence rate (SIR): 0.90 (95% CI 0.85–0.94) in females and 0.95 (95% Cl 0.90–0.99) in males. In both sexes, we observed a significant reduced incidence of malignant melanomas of the skin. The incidence of colorectal cancer tended to be reduced for both sexes. In females, the incidence of tumours of the central nervous system and lungs were reduced. We consider our findings are real, but cannot explain them. © 2001 Cancer Research Campaign

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