Theoretical potential for endometrial cancer prevention through primary risk factor modification: Estimates from the EPIC cohort.

Renée T. Fortner, Anika Hüsing, Laure Dossus, Anne Tjønneland, Kim Overvad, Christina C. Dahm, Patrick Arveux, Agnès Fournier, Marina Kvaskoff, Matthias B. Schulze, Manuela Bergmann, Antonia Trichopoulou, Anna Karakatsani, Carlo La Vecchia, Giovanna Masala, Valeria Pala, Amalia Mattiello, Rosario Tumino, Fulvio Ricceri, Carla H. van GilsEvelyn M. Monninkhof, Catalina Bonet, José Ramón Quirós, Maria-Jose Sanchez, Daniel-Ángel Rodríguez-Palacios, Aurelio B. Gurrea, Pilar Amiano, Naomi E. Allen, Ruth C. Travis, Marc J. Gunter, Vivian Viallon, Elisabete Weiderpass, Elio Riboli, Rudolf Kaaks

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Endometrial cancer (EC) incidence rates vary textasciitilde10-fold worldwide, in part due to variation in EC risk factor profiles. Using an EC risk model previously developed in the European EPIC cohort, we evaluated the prevention potential of modified EC risk factor patterns and whether differences in EC incidence between a European population and low-risk countries can be explained by differences in these patterns. Predicted EC incidence rates were estimated over 10 years of follow-up for the cohort before and after modifying risk factor profiles. Risk factors considered were: body mass index (BMI, kg/m(2) ), use of postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT) and oral contraceptives (OC) (potentially modifiable); and, parity, ages at first birth, menarche and menopause (environmentally conditioned, but not readily modifiable). Modeled alterations in BMI (to all ≤23 kg/m(2) ) and HT use (to all non-HT users) profiles resulted in a 30 individually, longer duration of OC use (to all ≥10 years) resulted in a 42.5i.e., those not contributing to prevention potential) resulted in ≤24.6 however, this was driven by relatively long use of OCs (median = 23 years). Our findings support avoidance of overweight BMI and of HT use as prevention strategies for EC in a European population; OC use must be considered in the context of benefits and risks.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


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