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  • 1. Ward, Heather A.
    et al.
    Murphy, Neil
    Weiderpass, Elisabete
    Leitzmann, Michael F.
    Aglago, Elom
    Gunter, Marc J.
    Freisling, Heinz
    Jenab, Mazda
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Severi, Gianluca
    Carbonnel, Franck
    Kuehn, Tilman
    Kaaks, Rudolf
    Boeing, Heiner
    Tjonneland, Anne
    Olsen, Anja
    Overvad, Kim
    Merino, Susana
    Zamora-Ros, Raul
    Rodriguez-Barranco, Miguel
    Dorronsoro, Miren
    Chirlaque, Maria-Dolores
    Barricarte, Aurelio
    Perez-Cornago, Aurora
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Bamia, Christina
    Lagiou, Pagona
    Masala, Giovanna
    Grioni, Sara
    Tumino, Rosario
    Sacerdote, Carlotta
    Mattiello, Amalia
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, Bas
    Vermeulen, Roel
    Van Gils, Carla
    Nyström, Hanna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Rutegård, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Aune, Dagfinn
    Riboli, Elio
    Cross, Amanda J.
    Gallstones and incident colorectal cancer in a large pan-European cohort study2019In: International Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0020-7136, E-ISSN 1097-0215, Vol. 145, no 6, p. 1510-1516Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Gallstones, a common gastrointestinal condition, can lead to several digestive complications and can result in inflammation. Risk factors for gallstones include obesity, diabetes, smoking and physical inactivity, all of which are known risk factors for colorectal cancer (CRC), as is inflammation. However, it is unclear whether gallstones are a risk factor for CRC. We examined the association between history of gallstones and CRC in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study, a prospective cohort of over half a million participants from ten European countries. History of gallstones was assessed at baseline using a self‐reported questionnaire. The analytic cohort included 334,986 participants; a history of gallstones was reported by 3,917 men and 19,836 women, and incident CRC was diagnosed among 1,832 men and 2,178 women (mean follow‐up: 13.6 years). Hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the association between gallstones and CRC were estimated using Cox proportional hazards regression models, stratified by sex, study centre and age at recruitment. The models were adjusted for body mass index, diabetes, alcohol intake and physical activity. A positive, marginally significant association was detected between gallstones and CRC among women in multivariable analyses (HR = 1.14, 95%CI 0.99–1.31, p = 0.077). The relationship between gallstones and CRC among men was inverse but not significant (HR = 0.81, 95%CI 0.63–1.04, p = 0.10). Additional adjustment for details of reproductive history or waist circumference yielded minimal changes to the observed associations. Further research is required to confirm the nature of the association between gallstones and CRC by sex.

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