Height and weight in relation to breast cancer morbidity and mortality. A prospective study of 570,000 women in Norway

Int J Cancer. 1989 Jul 15;44(1):23-30. doi: 10.1002/ijc.2910440105.


The height and weight of 570,000 Norwegian women, aged 30-69 years, were measured and the subjects were then followed up for 6-18 years with regard to breast cancer morbidity and mortality. They were arranged in 5-year age-groups. In all age-groups the tallest women were found to have the highest risk for both morbidity and mortality. Overweight was a risk factor for breast cancer mortality in all age-groups, but it was a risk factor only in the post-menopausal age-groups in the case of morbidity. It appeared to protect against breast cancer in the pre-menopausal age-group. Stages I and II-IV follow-up endpoints show negative and positive associations, respectively, with overweight. It is not likely that this can be fully explained by earlier detection of cancer among slim women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Body Height*
  • Body Weight*
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors