Physical activity and risk of endometrial cancer in a prospective cohort study (United States)

Cancer Causes Control. 2003 Aug;14(6):559-67. doi: 10.1023/a:1024866827775.


Objective: To examine the physical activity and endometrial cancer relationship in a prospective study of US women enrolled in the Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project (BCDDP) Follow-up Study.

Methods: We assessed past-year physical activity of all types in 23,369 women who returned the baseline questionnaire (1987-1989) and had no prior hysterectomy and/or endometrial cancer. Cox proportional hazards models were used to estimate age, education, and parity-adjusted rate ratios (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the 253 confirmed endometrial cancer cases identified during an average 8.2 years of follow-up (ending 1995-1998).

Results: There were no dose-response relationships with either total or vigorous physical activity; however, compared to the lowest total activity quartile, the higher four quartiles had a non-significantly lower risk (RR = 0.8, CI = 0.6-1.0). The association with moderate activity varied with follow-up time: RRs (CI) for a 1 h increase in daily moderate activity within 2-year intervals of follow-up (< or = 2, 2.1-4.9, 5.0-8.0, > 8 years) were 1.1 (1.0, 1.2), 1.0 (0.9, 1.1), 1.0 (0.9, 1.1), 1.0 (0.9, 1.1), and 0.8 (0.7, 1.0), respectively.

Conclusion: These data suggest that recent physical activity is not strongly related to the risk of endometrial cancer, and that prolonged exposure and longer follow-up may be necessary.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Endometrial Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Endometrial Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Fitness
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • United States / epidemiology