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“We thank all the cancer registries that contributed to the databases used in this study, and Georgia Harrison for statistical advice. We also acknowledge the technical assistance provided by Ricardo Strum.”
“This work was supported in part by grants-in-aid from the Ministry of Science, Education, Sports and Culture and from the Science and Technology Agency, Japan”