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New research from the Institute of Preventive Medicine at the Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark has now shown a possible link between obesity and height in childhood and adult endometrial cancer.
This study used data from a group of 158,000 women from the Copenhagen School Health Records Register that included information on heights and weights at 7 to 13 years of age. These women were born between 1930 and 1989. The BMI and height for each women were translated into age-related z-scores. This is a method for comparing height and weight of a child in comparison to a reference population. They linked these scores via personal identification numbers to the Danish Cancer Registry and the Hospital Discharge Register for hysterectomy information as well as the vital statistics register. Each woman’s records were followed until one of the following occurred: a diagnosis of endometrial cancer, hysterectomy, death, emigration, loss-to-follow-up (discontinuation of treatment) or December 31, 2010.
The researchers found a correlation between both weight and height and the later development of endometrial cancer. At age 7 the risk of endometrial cancer in adulthood increased 18% per increase in BMI z-score and by 12% per increase in height z-score. In other words at age 7, a girl of average height (a little over 4 feet tall) weighing about 58 pounds had an 18% higher risk of developing adult endometrial cancer than a girl of the same height who was of average weight (about 50 pounds). Additionally a girl the same age who was a little over two inches taller than that average-sized girl had a 12% increased risk for endometrial cancer. A 13 year old girl born in the late 50s of average height (almost 5 ft., 2 in. tall) who weighed about 113 pounds had a 24% increased risk for endometrial cancer than a girl the same height, but of average weight (about 98 pounds).
The study shows a possible association between both weight and height in childhood and adult endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer diagnoses peak at about age 65. Data from those women who have not reached peak age will continue to be followed in order to obtain further information regarding this association.
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