Anthropometric factors and risk of melanoma in women: A pooled analysis

Catherine M. Olsen, Adèle C. Green, Michael S. Zens, Therese A. Stukel, Veronique Bataille, Marianne Berwick, J. Mark Elwood, Richard Gallagher, Elizabeth A. Holly, Connie Kirkpatrick, Thomas Mack, Anne Østerlind, Stefano Rosso, Anthony J. Swerdlow, Margaret R. Karagas

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    Anthropometric factors such as height, weight and body mass index are related to the occurrence of certain malignancies in women including cancers of the breast, ovary and endometrium. Several studies have investigated the relation between height and weight or body mass and the risk of cutaneous melanoma in women, but results have been inconsistent. We conducted a collaborative analysis of these factors using the original data from 8 case-control studies of melanoma in women (2,083 cases and 2,782 controls), with assessment of the potential confounding effects of socioeconomic, pigmentary and sun exposure-related factors. Women in the highest quartile of height had an increased risk of melanoma [pooled odds ratio (pOR) 1.3, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.1-1.6]. We also found an elevated risk associated with weight gain in adult life of 2 kg or more (pOR 1.5, 95% CI 1.1-2.0). Stratifying by age at melanoma diagnosis (
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1100-1108
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008


    • Anthropometry
    • Body mass index
    • Height
    • Melanoma
    • Weight


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