Journal Article

Meat Intake and Risk of Stomach and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Within the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)

Carlos A. González, Paula Jakszyn, Guillem Pera, Antonio Agudo, Sheila Bingham, Domenico Palli, Pietro Ferrari, Heiner Boeing, Giuseppe del Giudice, Mario Plebani, Fátima Carneiro, Gabriella Nesi, Franco Berrino, Carlotta Sacerdote, Rosario Tumino, Salvatore Panico, Göran Berglund, Henrik Simán, Olof Nyrén, Göran Hallmans, Carmen Martinez, Miren Dorronsoro, Aurelio Barricarte, Carmen Navarro, José R. Quirós, Naomi Allen, Timothy J. Key, Nicholas E. Day, Jakob Linseisen, Gabriele Nagel, Manuela M. Bergmann, Kim Overvad, Majken K. Jensen, Anne Tjonneland, Anja Olsen, H. Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, Marga Ocke, Petra H. M. Peeters, Mattijs E. Numans, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, Antonia Trichopoulou, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Dimitrios Roukos, Eiliv Lund, Bertrand Hemon, Rudolf Kaaks, Teresa Norat and Elio Riboli

in JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Volume 98, issue 5, pages 345-354
Published in print March 2006 | ISSN: 0027-8874
Published online March 2006 | e-ISSN: 1460-2105 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djj071
Meat Intake and Risk of Stomach and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Within the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)

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Background: Dietary factors are thought to have an important role in gastric and esophageal carcinogenesis, but evidence from cohort studies for such a role is lacking. We examined the risks of gastric cancer and esophageal adenocarcinoma associated with meat consumption within the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort. Methods: A total of 521 457 men and women aged 35–70 years in 10 European countries participated in the EPIC cohort. Dietary and lifestyle information was collected at recruitment. Cox proportional hazard models were used to examine associations between meat intake and risks of cardia and gastric noncardia cancers and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Data from a calibration substudy were used to correct hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for diet measurement errors. In a nested case–control study, we examined interactions between Helicobacter pylori infection status (i.e., plasma H. pylori antibodies) and meat intakes. All statistical tests were two-sided. Results: During a mean follow-up of 6.5 years, 330 gastric adenocarcinoma and 65 esophageal adenocarcinomas were diagnosed. Gastric noncardia cancer risk was statistically significantly associated with intakes of total meat (calibrated HR per 100-g/day increase = 3.52; 95% CI = 1.96 to 6.34), red meat (calibrated HR per 50-g/day increase = 1.73; 95% CI = 1.03 to 2.88), and processed meat (calibrated HR per 50-g/day increase = 2.45; 95% CI = 1.43 to 4.21). The association between the risk of gastric noncardia cancer and total meat intake was especially large in H. pylori-infected subjects (odds ratio per 100-g/day increase = 5.32; 95% CI = 2.10 to 13.4). Intakes of total, red, or processed meat were not associated with the risk of gastric cardia cancer. A positive but non–statistically significant association was observed between esophageal adenocarcinoma cancer risk and total and processed meat intake in the calibrated model. In this study population, the absolute risk of development of gastric adenocarcinoma within 10 years for a study subject aged 60 years was 0.26% for the lowest quartile of total meat intake and 0.33% for the highest quartile of total meat intake. Conclusion: Total, red, and processed meat intakes were associated with an increased risk of gastric noncardia cancer, especially in H. pylori antibody-positive subjects, but not with cardia gastric cancer.

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Subjects: Medical Oncology

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