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Br J Cancer. 2008 Aug 5;99(3):527-31. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604487. Epub 2008 Jul 15.

Obesity and risk of pancreatic cancer among postmenopausal women: the Women's Health Initiative (United States).

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  • 1Institute of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.


A total of 138,503 women in the Women's Health Initiative in the United States were followed (for an average of 7.7 years) through 12 September 2005 to examine obesity, especially central obesity in relation to pancreatic cancer (n=251). Women in the highest quintile of waist-to-hip ratio had 70% (95% confidence interval 10-160%) excess risk of pancreatic cancer compared with women in the lowest quintile.

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