Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

Master Student Epidemiology – Breast cancer trends in the Netherlands since 1989


Your function within the department

Project Description
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. During the last decades, a large increase in breast cancer incidence has been observed in most industrialized countries and developing countries. Meanwhile, the breast cancer mortality decreased in some countries and has been fairly stable in others. These trends in breast cancer incidence and mortality has been ascribed to changes in diagnosis (e.g. screening), risk factors/lifestyle (e.g. dietary intake), and treatment strategies (e.g. adjuvant systemic treatment).

The main aim of this research is to provide a comprehensive description of the trends in incidence, mortality and prognosis for invasive breast cancer, specifically looking at the stage distribution, receptor subtype, risk/lifestyle factors, and treatment strategies.

The research design is a nationwide cohort study, using data of the Netherlands Cancer Registry including all breast cancer patients diagnosed in the Netherlands from 1989-2017.

The project is a collaboration between the Netherlands Cancer Institute (Amsterdam), and IKNL (Utrecht/Maastricht). The internship will take place at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, and on occasion at IKNL.

Your profile

The master student should have followed courses in statistics and epidemiology. Experience with a statistical program is needed.

Your career opportunities and terms of employment

Start date: to be discussed
Expected final date: after 6 months (longer is also possible)
Work load (weeks):  24 weeks


For further information about the position please contact:

Iris Kramer, T: 020 512 2259,
Marjanka Schmidt, T: 020 512 2767,

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