Original Paper

Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 399-413

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Anthropometric factors and risk of endometrial cancer: the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition

  • Christine FriedenreichAffiliated withDivision of Population Health and Information, Alberta Cancer Board Email author 
  • , Anne CustAffiliated withNutrition and Hormones Unit, International Agency for Research on CancerSchool of Public Health, University of SydneyUniversité Claude Bernard Lyon 1
  • , Petra H. LahmannAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
  • , Karen SteindorfAffiliated withUnit of Environmental Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Centre
  • , Marie-Christine Boutron-RuaultAffiliated withINSERM U ERI20, Institut Gustave Roussy
  • , Françoise Clavel-ChapelonAffiliated withINSERM U ERI20, Institut Gustave Roussy
  • , Sylvie MesrineAffiliated withINSERM U ERI20, Institut Gustave Roussy
  • , Jakob LinseisenAffiliated withDivision of Clinical Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Centre
  • , Sabine RohrmannAffiliated withDivision of Clinical Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Centre
    • , Heiner BoeingAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
    • , Tobias PischonAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
    • , Anne TjønnelandAffiliated withInstitute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society
    • , Jytte HalkjærAffiliated withInstitute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society
    • , Kim OvervadAffiliated withDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Aalborg Hospital, Aarhus University Hospital
    • , Michelle MendezAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, Catalan Institute of Oncology, IDIBELL
    • , M. L. RedondoAffiliated withPublic Health and Health Planning Directorate
    • , Carmen Martinez GarciaAffiliated withEscuela Andaluza de Salud Publica
    • , Nerea LarrañagaAffiliated withDepartment of Public Health of Guipuzkoa
    • , María-José TormoAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, Health Council of Murcia
    • , Aurelio Barricarte GurreaAffiliated withPublic Health Institute of Navarra
    • , Sheila BinghamAffiliated withMRC Centre for Nutrition and Cancer Prevention and Survival, University of Cambridge
    • , Kay-Tee KhawAffiliated withDepartment of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge
    • , Naomi AllenAffiliated withCancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
    • , Tim KeyAffiliated withCancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
    • , Antonia TrichopoulouAffiliated withDepartment of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Athens
    • , Effie VasilopoulouAffiliated withDepartment of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Athens
    • , Dimitrios TrichopoulosAffiliated withHellenic Health Foundation
    • , Valeria PalaAffiliated withEpidemiology Unit, National Cancer Institute
    • , Domenico PalliAffiliated withMolecular and Nutritional Epidemiology Unit, CSPO–Scientific Institute of Tuscany
    • , Rosario TuminoAffiliated withCancer Registry, Azienda Ospedaliera “Civile M.P. Arezzo”
    • , Amalia MattielloAffiliated withDipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale, Università di Napoli
    • , Paolo VineisAffiliated withUniversity of TorinoDepartment of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College
    • , H. Bas Bueno-de-MesquitaAffiliated withNational Institute of Public Health and the Environment
    • , Petra H. M. PeetersAffiliated withJulius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Centre
    • , Göran BerglundAffiliated withDepartment of Clinical Sciences, Malmö University Hospital, Lund University
    • , Jonas ManjerAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, Malmö University Hospital, Lund University
    • , Eva LundinAffiliated withDepartment of Medical Biosciences, Pathology, University of Umeå
    • , Annekatrin LukanovaAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYU School of MedicineDepartment of Public Health and Clinical Medicine/Nutritional Research, University of Umeå
    • , Nadia SlimaniAffiliated withNutrition and Hormones Unit, International Agency for Research on Cancer
    • , Mazda JenabAffiliated withNutrition and Hormones Unit, International Agency for Research on Cancer
    • , Rudolf KaaksAffiliated withNutrition and Hormones Unit, International Agency for Research on CancerDivision of Clinical Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Centre
    • , Elio RiboliAffiliated withNutrition and Hormones Unit, International Agency for Research on CancerDepartment of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College

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Abstract

Objective

To examine the association between anthropometry and endometrial cancer, particularly by menopausal status and exogenous hormone use subgroups.

Methods

Among 223,008 women in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study, there were 567 incident endometrial cancer cases during 6.4 years of follow-up. The analysis was performed with Cox proportional hazards modeling.

Results

Weight, body mass index (BMI), waist and hip circumferences and waist–hip ratio (WHR) were strongly associated with increased risk of endometrial cancer. The relative risk (RR) for obese (BMI 30– < 40 kg/m2) compared to normal weight (BMI < 25) women was 1.78, 95% CI = 1.41–2.26, and for morbidly obese women (BMI ≥ 40) was 3.02, 95% CI = 1.66–5.52. The RR for women with a waist circumference of ≥88 cm vs. <80 cm was 1.76, 95% CI = 1.42–2.19. Adult weight gain of ≥20 kg compared with stable weight (±3 kg) increased risk independent of body weight at age 20 (RR = 1.75, 95% CI = 1.11–2.77). These associations were generally stronger for postmenopausal than premenopausal women, and oral contraceptives never-users than ever-users, and much stronger among never-users of hormone replacement therapy compared to ever-users.

Conclusion

Obesity, abdominal adiposity, and adult weight gain were strongly associated with endometrial cancer risk. These associations were particularly evident among never-users of hormone replacement therapy.

Keywords

Anthropometry Endometrial cancer Etiology Risk factors Obesity Adiposity Mechanisms Hormone replacement therapy