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Dietary factors and endometrial cancer risk. Results of a case–control study in Mexico


Address correspondence and reprint request to: Dr Eduardo Salazar-Martínez, Dirección de Epidemiología, Centro de Investigaciones en Salud Poblacional, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Avenida Universidad No.655, Colonia Sta. Ma. Ahuacatitlán, CP 62508 Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Email:


Abstract.  Salazar-Martinez E, Lazcano-Ponce E, Sanchez-Zamorano LM, Gonzalez-Lira G, Escudero-De Los Rios P, Hernandez-Avila M. Dietary factors and endometrial cancer risk. Results of a case-control study in Mexico. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2005;15:938–945.

Daily diet factors that could potentially be related to endometrial cancer (EC) in Mexico are still unknown. This study aims to evaluate the association between EC and Mexican dietary factors. A case-control study in Mexico City was conducted during 1995–1997 in a social security hospital, using 85 incident cases of EC and 629 controls. A validated questionnaire with 116 items about the frequency and type of food intake was used. The analysis of nutrients was performed using the residual method, adjusting by predictor variables through logistic regression methods. In addition, partitional models estimated total caloric intake for other sources. We found no association between EC risk and consumption of animal or vegetable proteins, saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated fat, although high intake of nutrients such as lactose (odds ratio [OR], 0.46; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.21–1.01, P for trend = 0.004), vitamin D (OR, 0.38; 95% CI, 0.18–0.82, P= 0.003), and calcium (OR, 0.39; 95% CI, 0.17–0.89, P= 0.02) were inversely associated with EC. Our results suggest that dietary vitamin D and calcium play an important role in the development of EC, although the mechanisms postulated should be explained with additional studies with large populations.