Overweight and obesity are strongly associated with endometrial cancer. Several independent genome-wide association studies recently identified two common polymorphisms, FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313, that are linked to increased body weight and obesity. We examined the association of FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 with endometrial cancer risk in a pooled analysis of nine case-control studies within the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2). This analysis included 3601 non-Hispanic white women with histologically-confirmed endometrial carcinoma and 5275 frequency-matched controls. Unconditional logistic regression models were used to assess the relation of FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 genotypes to the risk of endometrial cancer. Among control women, both the FTO rs9939609 A and MC4R rs17782313 C alleles were associated with a 16% increased risk of being overweight (p = 0.001 and p = 0.004, respectively). In case-control analyses, carriers of the FTO rs9939609 AA genotype were at increased risk of endometrial carcinoma compared to women with the TT genotype [odds ratio (OR) = 1.17; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.03–1.32, p = 0.01]. However, this association was no longer apparent after adjusting for body mass index (BMI), suggesting mediation of the gene-disease effect through body weight. The MC4R rs17782313 polymorphism was not related to endometrial cancer risk (per allele OR = 0.98; 95% CI: 0.91–1.06; p = 0.68). FTO rs9939609 is a susceptibility marker for white non-Hispanic women at higher risk of endometrial cancer. Although FTO rs9939609 alone might have limited clinical or public health significance for identifying women at high risk for endometrial cancer beyond that of excess body weight, further investigation of obesity-related genetic markers might help to identify the pathways that influence endometrial carcinogenesis.
Citation: Lurie G, Gaudet MM, Spurdle AB, Carney ME, Wilkens LR, Yang HP, et al. (2011) The Obesity-Associated Polymorphisms FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 and Endometrial Cancer Risk in Non-Hispanic White Women. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16756. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0016756
Editor: Amanda Toland, Ohio State University Medical Center, United States of America
Received: November 5, 2010; Accepted: December 30, 2010; Published: February 8, 2011
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Funding: Australian National Endometrial Cancer Study (NHMRC ID #339435, TCCQ ID #4196615, TCCT IDs #403031 and #457636), Estrogen, Diet, Genetics, and Endometrial Cancer study, NJ, USA (NIH R01CA38918), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Case-Control Study, WA, USA (NIH R35 CA 39779, R01 CA 75977, R03 CA 80636, N01 HD 23166, K05 CA 92002, R01 CA 105212, R01 CA87538 and funds from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), Hawaii Endometrial Cancer Study, Hawaii, USA (NIH P01CA33619, R01CA58598, N01CN67001, N01 PC35137), Nurses' Health Study (NIH CAO82838, CA134958), Polish Endometrial Cancer Study (Intramural Program of the NCI), Toronto Case-Control Endometrial Cancer Study (Canadian Institute of Health Research, CIHR), Multiethnic Cohort Study (NIH CA63464, CA54281), Women's Insights and Shared Experiences, PA, USA (NIH P01-CA77596, Dr. Mia Gaudet (American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA, USA). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing interests: One of the authors, Dr. Mia Gaudet is employed by the American Cancer Society (since October 4th 2010). Dr Gaudet contributed the data for the Polish Endometrial Cancer Study that was funded by the National Cancer Institute. Her current employment by the American Cancer Society does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.
Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynecologic cancer in U.S. women with an estimated 43,470 new cases expected in 2010 . Obesity is a well established risk factor for endometrial cancer among both premenopausal and postmenopausal women . Adult obesity is associated with a 2- to 5-fold increased risk for endometrial cancer and may account for 40% of endometrial cancer incidence , . Etiologic models of endometrial carcinogenesis have focused primarily on the role of steroid hormones, especially the effect of a deficiency in progestagen relative to estrogen on endometrial cells , . According to the ‘unopposed estrogen’ hypothesis, the mitogenic effects of estrogen on the endometrium, especially if not counterbalanced by progestagen, increase the risk of malignancy. Adipocytes are the primary source of estrogen in postmenopausal women when the ovarian production of estrogen has ceased . Obesity in postmenopausal women enhances circulating levels of estrogen through increased production and aromatization of androstenedione in adipose tissue, as well as decreased production of sex-hormone-binding globulin and reduced 2-hydroxylation of estradiol . Among premenopausal women, obesity is thought to contribute to endometrial cancer risk through an association with progesterone deficiency during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, resulting in cellular proliferation and reduced desquamation of the endometrium , .
Recently, several independent large-scale genome-wide association studies (GWAS) reported an association of fat mass and obesity associated (FTO; MIM: 610966) and melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R; MIM: 155541) gene polymorphisms with obesity and BMI in Caucasian populations –. Associations of BMI with common variants in these two loci have been reproduced in multiple studies , . Carriage of the FTO rs9939609 A and MC4R rs17782313 C alleles was estimated to increase the risk of obesity by 31%  and 12% , respectively.
The protein encoded by FTO has been described as a Fe(II)- and 2-oxoglutarate-dependent oxygenase that might operate as a DNA demethylase. The human FTO gene is expressed in many tissues including mesenteric fat, pancreas, liver and adipose tissue, with the highest concentrations found in the hypothalamus , . Experimental animal studies provide direct functional evidence that FTO underlies obesity . Two studies have demonstrated that FTO gene expression in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus is regulated by fasting , , suggesting that FTO may be important to the control of energy homeostasis. The MC4R gene encodes the MC4 protein, a ubiquitously expressed G-protein-coupled receptor that binds α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) . Experimental studies show that MC4R is a key regulator of energy balance, influencing food intake and energy expenditure through functionally divergent central melanocortin neuronal pathways .
To examine the relation between the obesity-associated FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 and endometrial cancer risk, we utilized pooled data within the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2) . We also evaluated the association of these single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with the endometrioid histological type of endometrial carcinoma. Endometrioid carcinoma comprises approximately 80% of all sporadic endometrial cancers . It is a prototypical estrogen-dependent tumor with a strong, definitive link to obesity. Thus, we hypothesized a stronger association of the FTO rs9939609 A allele and MC4R rs17782313 C allele and risk of the endometrioid type of endometrial carcinoma than with nonendometrioid types.
The FTO rs9939609 minor allele (A) frequency among pooled controls was 0.40 (range by study: 0.39 to 0.47) (Table S1). The MC4R rs17782313 minor allele (C) frequency among controls was 0.25 (range: 0.23 to 0.28).
The minor alleles for both FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 were associated with a 16% per allele increased risk of being overweight (p = 0.001 and p = 0.004, respectively) (Table 1).
In the pooled analysis, the FTO rs9939609 AA genotype was associated with an increased risk of endometrial cancer (OR = 1.17; 95% CI: 1.03–1.32; p = 0.01) compared to women with the TT genotype (Table 2). No heterogeneity of the genotype associations with endometrial cancer was observed by study in any of the models (Table S2 and Figure 1). Excluding WISE study (with genotypes deviating from HWE) did not alter the association of SNPs with endometrial cancer risk (OR = 1.15; 95% CI: 1.01–1.32; p = 0.04). The FTO rs9939609 association with risk remained consistent in the analysis restricted to incident cases in which the TORONTO study participants were excluded (OR = 1.18; 95% CI: 1.03–1.35; p = 0.02). No heterogeneity of effects was observed between the TORONTO study and studies including incident cases only (p = 0.78). In the subset of women with BMI data available, the association of the FTO rs9939609 AA genotype with risk remained the same (Table 3). However, the association of the FTO rs9939609 A allele with risk was no longer observed after adjusting for BMI (Table 3) or in the analysis by BMI strata (Table S3). The majority of cases were diagnosed with endometrioid carcinomas (N = 1,419 cases; 63%). In the analyses restricted to the endometrioid histological subtype, the FTO rs9939609 AA versus TT genotype was slightly strengthened (OR = 1.26; 95% CI: 1.04–1.52; p = 0.02) (Table 2), but again completely attenuated after adjusting for BMI (Table 3). No associations of the MC4R polymorphism with endometrial cancer risk were found in any of the models (Figure 2, Tables 2, 3, S2, and S3).
Forest plot of the ORs and 95% CIs comparing endometrial carcinoma risk for the FTO rs9939609 rare allele homozygotes (AA genotype) versus common allele homozygotes (TT genotype) for nine studies included in the pooled analysis. The pooleda OR for all studies was 1.17 [95% CI: 1.03–1.34; p (1 d.f.) = 0.01.] P for heterogeneity of effects by study = 0.87. The pooledb OR for studies including incident cases only (excluding TORONTO study) was 1.18 [95% CI: 1.03–1.35; p (1 d.f.) = 0.02]. P for heterogeneity of effects between studies with incident cases vs. prevalent cases (TORONTO) = 0.78. Pooling was performed by combining all data using study as fixed and random effects (results were the same).
Forest plot of the ORs and 95% CIs comparing endometrial carcinoma risk for the MC4R rs17782313 rare allele homozygotes (CC genotype) versus common allele homozygotes (TT genotype) for eight studies included in the pooled analysis. The pooleda OR for all studies combined was 0.97 [95% CI: 0.81–1.18; p (1 d.f.) = 0.78]. P for heterogeneity of effects by study = 0.49. The pooledb OR for studies including incident cases only (excluding TORONTO study) was 0.99 [95% CI: 0.81–1.22; p (1 d.f.) = 0.94]. P for heterogeneity of effects between studies with incident cases vs. prevalent cases (TORONTO) = 0.68. Pooling was performed by combining all data using study as fixed and random effects (results were the same).
In this pooled analysis of non-Hispanic white women from the United States, Poland, Canada and Australia, we found that carriers of the FTO rs9939609 AA genotype were at increased risk of endometrial carcinoma. This genetic association appears to be mediated through a relation of rs9939609 to a woman's weight, as no independent effect of this SNP was observed after accounting for BMI.
Experimental evidence suggests that obesity associated SNPs in intron 1 of the FTO gene are associated with altered gene expression . Using primer extension analysis, Berulava et al.  determined the ratio of allelic FTO transcript levels in unspliced heterogeneous nuclear DNA preparations from blood and fibroblasts of individuals heterozygous for rs9939609. The FTO transcripts containing the A (‘risk’) allele were more abundant than those with T allele (mean 1.38; 95% CI: 1.31–1.44).
The FTO rs9939609 SNP is related to body weight through an influence on energy intake and satiety , –. The rs9939609 A allele was associated with increased energy intake in adults  and children , –,  in several epidemiological studies. Den Hoed et al.  reported that women with TA and AA rs9939609 genotypes had significantly lower postprandial responses to hunger and satiety compared to TT carriers. Wardle et al.  observed that children with two copies of the lower-risk FTO alleles ate less than those with one or two higher-risk alleles and concluded that the T allele is protective against overeating by promoting responsiveness to internal signals of satiety. In addition, two studies reported an association of the rs9939609 A allele with decreased lipolysis , .
The lack of an independent effect of the MC4R rs17782313 SNP was unexpected and needs further investigation. Although the power of our MC4R analysis was modest, odds ratios were close to one, providing no suggestion of an association of this SNP with endometrial cancer risk among non-Hispanic white women. Further study of additional genetic correlates of body weight will assist in clarifying whether the FTO relation to endometrial cancer risk is unique among ‘obesity-associated’ genes.
A strength of this pooled analysis was the large sample size available within the E2C2. A large number of genetic variants and quantitative trait loci that potentially predispose to obesity have been reported, but only a few have been convincingly confirmed in multiple independent large scale investigations  and FTO remains the strongest genetic determinant of common obesity characterized to date. A limitation of this analysis was that histology was available for only 62% of women. Furthermore, we did not have detailed information on menopausal hormone use, weight at different periods in life, body fat distribution, or other factors that may influence endometrial cancer risk . However, no association of FTO genotype with menopausal status or menopausal hormone use was observed in the subset of women for whom this information was available. Finally, the use of self-reported height and weight might have resulted in nondifferential misclassification and thus underestimation of the true effects.
Although important gaps exist in our understanding of the molecular pathways leading to increased weight and obesity, our data provide novel evidence that the FTO rs9939609 AA genotype is associated with endometrial cancer risk among non-Hispanic white women. As more common genetic variants associated with overweight and obesity are identified, these might help to identify the pathways that influence endometrial carcinogenesis.
All participating studies were approved by the review boards and ethics committees of their parent institutions and participating hospitals, including Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Australia, for the Australian National Endometrial Cancer Study (ANECS); the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NJ, USA, for the Estrogen, Diet, Genetics, and Endometrial Cancer (EDGE) study; the IRB of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, WA, USA, for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Case-Control Study (FHCRC); the IRB of the University of Hawaii, HI, USA, for the Hawaii Endometrial Cancer Study (HAW); the IRBs of the Universities of Hawaii and Southern California, for the Multiethnic Cohort Study (MEC); the Committee on Use of Human Subjects of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA, USA for the Nurses' Health Study (NHS); the National Cancer Institute Central IRB, Bethesda, MD, USA, the Ethical Committee of The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology (Warsaw, Poland), and the Bioethical Committee of the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (Lodz, Poland) for the Polish Endometrial Cancer Study (PECS); the Research Ethics Board of the Women's College Research Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada, for the Toronto Case-Control Endometrial Cancer Study; the Committee on Studies Involving Human Subjects of the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA, for the Women's Insights and Shared Experiences Study (WISE).
Written informed consent was obtained from all participants.
Study Design and Population
Based on Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2) procedures, we submitted a formal proposal describing our hypothesis and methods to the steering committee and to all consortium members. Genotyping of the proposed SNPs was performed in the individual laboratories of investigators expressing an interest in collaboration, following a similar protocol. All data were combined in the E2C2 coordinating center. Nine studies participating in this pooled analysis (Tables 4 and S4) included 3601 women with primary incident endometrial carcinoma and 5275 women who were free of endometrial cancer and did not have history of hysterectomy. Six studies were population-based case-control studies, two studies were case-control studies nested within a cohort, and one study was hospital-based. All studies except the TORONTO study included incident endometrial cancer cases exclusively. Epidemiological data were collected using structured questionnaires. All data were combined in the E2C2 coordinating center. Age at diagnosis for cases or age at interview for controls was available for all study participants. FTO rs9939609 genotype data were available for 8728 women (3561 cases and 5167 controls) and MC4R rs17782313 genotype data were available for 7895 women (3120 cases and 4775 controls). Self-reported BMI data were available for 7459 (84%) of women; data were missing for women from the Toronto study (n = 1313; 14.5%) and for 1.5% of women from other studies. Histology data were available for 2243 (62%) cases. Data on menopausal status were available for 907 cases and 885 controls (20%) and use of any menopausal hormones were available for 3050 cases and 3803 controls (77% of women).
Genotyping was performed in the individual laboratories using 5′ nuclease TaqMan allelic discrimination assay (TaqMan, Applied Biosystems) following the same protocol. We used the following criteria to measure the acceptability of the genotyping results: (1) inclusion of ≥3% sample duplicates, (2) concordance rate for duplicate samples ≥99%, (3) overall call rate by study ≥95% and (4) intermixing of cases and controls on each plate. All studies met these criteria. Genotyping quality was also assessed using tests for Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE). The genotype distribution for both SNPs among controls was consistent with HWE in all but one study (WISE, p = 0.01) for rs9939609 and one study (NHS, p = 0.02) for rs17782313. Exclusion of these studies did not appreciably affect the reported results. MC4R rs17782313 genotype data were not available for the PEC study (417 cases and 407 controls).
All analyses were completed in the SAS statistical software package version 9.2 (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC). Fisher's goodness-of-fit test was used to assess whether allele frequency distributions among controls were consistent with HWE. Unconditional multiple logistic regression models were used to calculate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the association of genotype with endometrial cancer risk and BMI, calculated as the ratio of weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI was used as continuous variable, as well as categorical with two levels: lean women (BMI <25 kg/m2) and overweight women (BMI ≥25 kg/m2). The genotype for each SNP was treated as a non-ordered categorical variable to test for heterogeneity and as an ordered categorical variable (with three levels: 0, 1, 2; one assigned to each genotype) to test for an allele-dose effect. Homozygous carriers of the common FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 T alleles were used as the reference group for these models. Heterogeneity of effects by study was examined using two different methods. First, we included study site as a fixed effect covariate and evaluated heterogeneity of the association of genotypes with risk by study, using a Wald test of the genotype-study interaction term. Second, we included study site as a random effect using SAS GLIMMIX procedure (the results were the same). To evaluate potential confounders, the distributions of genotypes among controls were examined by factors associated with ovarian cancer risk (age, menopausal status, and use of menopausal hormones) (Table S5). Age (continuous variable) was included in all models to account for residual confounding by imperfect matching. A Wald test was used to compare the associations of genotypes with endometrial cancer risk by study and BMI strata. Power calculations were performed using QUANTO software (http:hydra.usc.edu/gxe) and were based on population incidence rates of endometrial cancer of 24.4 per 100,000 women per year. These rates are based on cases diagnosed in 2001–2005 from 17 Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) geographic areas . Calculated minimal detectable ORs (MDOR) are presented in Table S6.
FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 genotype frequencies in white non-Hispanic women by study and overall.
Association of the FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 SNPs with endometrial carcinoma risk among non-Hispanic white women by study.
Association of FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 with endometrial carcinoma risk among white-non-Hispanic women by BMI strata.
Case ascertainment and selection of controls.
Frequency distribution of age, menopausal status, and menopausal hormone use by FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 genotypes.
We thank the study participants and members of the research teams of the participating studies for their assistance and dedication.
The Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium. Amanda B. Spurdle, Penelope M. Webb, Australian National Endometrial Cancer Study Group, The Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Post Office Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane; Tracy O'Mara, The Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane and Hormone Dependent Cancer Group, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (AUSTRALIA); Diether Lambrechts, Vesalius Research Center, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology (VIB) and K.U. Leuven (BELGIUM); Christine M. Friedenreich, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta; Steven A. Narod, Women's College Research Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (CANADA); Peter Fasching, Pamela L. Strissel, Erlangen University Hospital, Erlangen, (GERMANY); Carlo La Vecchia, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan; Franco Berrino, Vittorio Krogh, Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori (IRCCS), Milan; Carlotta Sacerdote, Centre for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (CPO Piemonte), Torino (ITALY); Piet A. van den Brandt, Department of Epidemiology, CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care and GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University, Maastricht; Leo J. Schouten, Department of Epidemiology, GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University, Maastricht (THE NETHERLANDS); Alicja Wolk, Elisabete Weiderpass, Maya G. Purisai, Emilie Friberg, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm (SWEDEN); Fabio Levi, Unité d'épidémiologie du cancer et Registres vaudois et neuchâtelois des tumeurs, Institut de médecine sociale et préventive (IUMSP), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois et Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, (SWITZERLAND); Douglas F. Easton, University of Cambridge, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Cambridge; Paolo Vineis, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College London, London; Valerie Beral, University of Oxford, Oxford (UNITED KINGDOM);
Leslie Bernstein, James V. Lacey Jr., Division of Cancer Etiology, Department of Population Sciences, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte, CA; Pamela L. Horn-Ross, Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Fremont, CA, Christoher A. Haiman, Claire L. Templeman, Veronica Wendy Setiawan, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Giske Ursin, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA (UNITED STATES) and Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo, Oslo, (NORWAY); Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, University of California; San Diego, CA; Herbert Yu, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale Cancer Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; Alpa V. Patel, Marjorie L. McCullough, Mia Gaudet, Epidemiology Research Program, American Cancer Society, Inc, Atlanta, GA; Marc Goodman, Galina Lurie, Cancer Epidemiology Program, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI;
Rayna K. Matsuno, Cancer Epidemiology Program, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD; Susan E. Hankinson, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; Olga Provost, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA;
Monica McGrath, Immaculata De Vivo, Jennifer Prescott, Department of Epidemiology, Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health and Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Dana K. Christo, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD; Louise A. Brinton, Montserrat Garcia-Closas, Michael F. Leitzmann, Catherine Schairer, Britton Trabert, Nicolas Wentzensen, Hannah P. Yang, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD; Leah E. Mechanic, Leah B. Sansbury, Daniela Seminara, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD; Lisa B. Signorello, International Epidemiology Institute, Rockville, MD; Kathy Helzlsouer, Prevention and Research Center, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD; Michele L. Cote, Wayne State University, Ann Arbor and Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI; Kristin Anderson, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Elisa Bandera, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick and School of Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ; Linda Cook, University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque, NM; Anne Zeleniuch- Jacquotte, Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and New York University Cancer Institute, New York, NY; Sara H. Olson, Irene Orlow, Xiaolin Liang, Radhai Rastogi, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Thomas E. Rohan, Marc J. Gunter, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY; Susan E. McCann, Department of Cancer Prevention and Control, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Malcom C. Pike, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY and Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Faina Linkov, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Science, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; Timothy R. Rebbeck, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Abramson Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Guillermo Tortolero, Cancer Control and Population Sciences, University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Xiao Ou Shu Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; Sandra L. Deming, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN; Charles E. Matthews, Asha R. Kallianpur, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; Chu Chen, Department of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, University and Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA; Noel S.Weiss, Program in Epidemiology, Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Polly A. Newcomb, Jennifer Anne Doherty, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA; Amy Trentham-Dietz, University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, Madison, WI (UNITED STATES).
Conceived and designed the experiments: MTG GL MEC KT. Performed the experiments: MTG GL MMG ABS HPY PNW PJT VWS TRR JP IO TO SHO SAN RKM JL DAL MGC JAD IDV CC MRA. Analyzed the data: GL LRW XL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MMG ABS MEC HPY NSW PMW KT VWS TRR JP IO TO SHO SAN JL DAL LLM LNK BEH MGC JAD IDV CC LAB MRA. Wrote the paper: GL MMG ABS MEC LRW MTG.
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