Height, age at menarche, and risk of epithelial ovarian cancer

Susan J. Jordan, Penelope M. Webb, Adèle C. Green

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    Objective: We hypothesized that the hormonal changes of adolescence influence ovarian cancer risk particularly in younger women. We investigated this possibility by examining the relationship between ovarian cancer and adult height and age at menarche as both factors reflect pubertal hormonal levels. Methods: Participants were a population-based sample of women with incident ovarian cancer (n = 794) and control women randomly selected from the Australian Electoral Roll (n = 855). The women provided comprehensive reproductive and lifestyle data during a standard interview. Results: Although neither height nor age at menarche was significantly related to the risk of ovarian cancer overall, increasing height was associated with increasing risk of the subgroup of mucinous borderline ovarian cancer (odds ratio, 5.3; 95% confidence interval, 1.5-19.1 for women ≥175 cm compared with women
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2045-2048
    Number of pages3
    JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


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