Racial/ethnic differences in the epidemiology of ovarian cancer: a pooled analysis of 12 case-control studies.


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Background: Ovarian cancer incidence differs substantially by race/ethnicity, but the reasons for this are not well understood. Data were pooled from the African American Cancer Epidemiology Study (AACES) and 11 case-control studies in the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC) to examine racial/ethnic differences in epidemiological characteristics with suspected involvement in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) aetiology. Methods: We used multivariable logistic regression to estimate associations for 17 reproductive, hormonal and lifestyle characteristics and EOC risk by race/ethnicity among 10 924 women with invasive EOC (8918 Non-Hispanic Whites, 433 Hispanics, 911 Blacks, 662 Asian/Pacific Islanders) and 16 150 controls (13 619 Non-Hispanic Whites, 533 Hispanics, 1233 Blacks, 765 Asian/Pacific Islanders). Likelihood ratio tests were used to evaluate heterogeneity in the risk factor associations by race/ethnicity. Results: We observed statistically significant racial/ethnic heterogeneity for hysterectomy and EOC risk (P = 0.008), where the largest odds ratio (OR) was observed in Black women [OR = 1.64, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.34-2.02] compared with other racial/ethnic groups. Although not statistically significant, the associations for parity, first-degree family history of ovarian or breast cancer, and endometriosis varied by race/ethnicity. Asian/Pacific Islanders had the greatest magnitude of association for parity (≥3 births: OR = 0.38, 95% CI = 0.28-0.54), and Black women had the largest ORs for family history (OR = 1.77, 95% CI = 1.42-2.21) and endometriosis (OR = 2.42, 95% CI = 1.65-3.55). Conclusions: Although racial/ethnic heterogeneity was observed for hysterectomy, our findings support the validity of EOC risk factors across all racial/ethnic groups, and further suggest that any racial/ethnic population with a higher prevalence of a modifiable risk factor should be targeted to disseminate information about prevention.

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  • Peres, LC; Risch, H; Terry, KL; Webb, PM; Goodman, MT; Wu, AH; Alberg, AJ; Bandera, EV; Barnholtz-Sloan, J; Bondy, ML; Cote, ML; Funkhouser, E; Moorman, PG; Peters, ES; Schwartz, AG; Terry, PD; Manichaikul, A; Abbott, SE; Camacho, F; Jordan, SJ; Nagle, CM; Australian Ovarian Cancer Study Group, ; Rossing, MA; Doherty, JA; Modugno, F; Moysich, K; Ness, R; Berchuck, A; Cook, L; Le, N; Brooks-Wilson, A; Sieh, W; Whittemore, A; McGuire, V; Rothstein, J; Anton-Culver, H; Ziogas, A; Pearce, CL; Tseng, C; Pike, M; Schildkraut, JM; African American Cancer Epidemiology Study and the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium,

Published Date

  • April 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 460 - 472

PubMed ID

  • 29211900

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29211900

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-3685

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ije/dyx252


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England