Anthropometric measures and epithelial ovarian cancer risk among Chinese women: results from the Shanghai Women's Health Study.

Ma X, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Shu XO, Li H, Yang G, Gao YT, Zheng W
Br J Cancer. 2013 109 (3): 751-5

PMID: 23860524 · PMCID: PMC3738128 · DOI:10.1038/bjc.2013.384

BACKGROUND - Studies of anthropometric measures and ovarian cancer risk have predominantly included women of European descent with mixed findings.

METHODS - Data from the prospective Shanghai Women's Health Study (SWHS) were used to evaluate associations between anthropometric measures and risk of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated by Cox proportional hazards regression.

RESULTS - A total of 152 EOC cases occurred among 70 258 women. Increasing quartiles of weight, hip circumference, and weight gain during adulthood were associated with significantly increased EOC risks. Body mass index (BMI) was also associated; overweight (25BMI<29.99) and obese women (BMI30.0) had significantly increased risks (HR: 1.49, 95% CI: 1.05, 2.13, and HR: 2.42, 95% CI: 1.37, 4.28, respectively). No significant associations were observed for height, waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), and waist-to-height ratio (WHER).

CONCLUSION - Results from this large prospective study of Chinese women support the hypothesis that general adiposity contributes to the aetiology of ovarian cancer.

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Adiposity Adult Aged Anthropometry Body Mass Index Body Weight Carcinoma, Ovarian Epithelial China Cohort Studies Female Humans Middle Aged Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial Obesity Ovarian Neoplasms Overweight Proportional Hazards Models Prospective Studies Risk Factors

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