Anthropometric measures and risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma: A case-control study from Italy

Silvano Gallus, Luigi Naldi, Leigh Martin, Michele Martinelli, Carlo La Vecchia

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Several studies have investigated the effect of various anthropometric factors on the risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM). As the results are controversial, we analysed this issue in a case-control study conducted in Italy. The roles of several body size measures were investigated in a hospital-based case-control study of CMM conducted in Italy. The cases were 542 patients with CMM and the controls were 538 subjects admitted to the same hospitals as the cases for non-dermatological and non-neoplastic diseases. The odds ratios for the highest versus the lowest quartile were 2.06 [95% confidence interval (CI), 1.39-3.05] for weight, 1.16 (95% CI, 0.80-1.68) for height, 1.90 (95% CI, 1.28-2.80) for the body mass index (BMI) and 1.87 (95% CI, 1.28-2.72) for the body surface area (BSA). When allowing for BMI and BSA in the same model, the odds ratios were 1.55 (95% CI, 0.92-2.62) for BMI and 1.41 (95% CI, 0.85-2.33) for BSA. The present findings confirm that obesity increases the risk of CMM. BSA is also related to the risk of CMM. In terms of the population attributable risk, overweight and obesity would account for 31% of the cases of CMM in this Italian population, indicating the scope of prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-87
Number of pages5
JournalMelanoma Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Body mass index
  • Body surface area
  • Case-control study
  • Melanoma
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Dermatology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Anthropometric measures and risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma: A case-control study from Italy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this