Menstrual and reproductive factors and gastric-cancer risk in women

C. La Vecchia, B. D'Avanzo, S. Franceschi, E. Negri, F. Parazzini, A. Decarli

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To understand possible correlates of the systematically higher gastric-cancer rates in males than in females, we investigated the role of menstrual, reproductive and hormonal factors in females, using data from a case-control study conducted in Northern Italy. Cases were 229 post-menopausal women with incident, histologically confirmed gastric cancer, and controls were 614 post-menopausal women in hospital for acute, nonneoplastic, non-digestive-tract conditions. After allowance for age, education, family history, and selected dietary correlates of stomach cancer, a reduced gastric-cancer risk was observed in women with later menopause (odds ratio, OR = 0.6, p value for trend

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-764
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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