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Principal Investigator
Kayleigh Majercak
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Position Title
About this CDAS Project
PLCO (Learn more about this study)
Project ID
Initial CDAS Request Approval
Jun 20, 2013
Use of analgesic medications and risks of breast and endometrial cancer among women in the PLCO cohort
Local and systemic inflammation have been observed to be associated with increased risks of many cancers (1-3). Several studies have shown an inverse association between use of aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and the risks of breast cancers (4-6). and endometrial cancers (7,8). However, findings have been mixed (9-13). We will test the hypothesis that regular use of anti-inflammatory medications is associated with reduced risks of breast cancer and endometrial cancers among postmenopausal women. We will be analyzing two cohorts based on questionnaires utilized in the PLCO cancer screening trial. The first analytic cohort will be comprised of female participants without history of malignancy at baseline, and who completed the baseline questionnaire and at least one annual follow-up. The second analytic cohort will include women who had no history of malignancy when they completed the supplemental questionnaire and then went on to complete at least one subsequent follow-up. Hazard ratios of the incidences of breast cancer and endometrial cancer by measures of NSAID use will be estimated using Cox proportional hazards regression.

To test the hypothesis that regular use of anti-inflammatory medications is associated with reduced risk of breast and endometrial cancers in postmenopausal women.

To consider whether risk associations are similar or different by time from questionnaire to diagnosis, by tumor subtypes, and by stage at diagnosis.

To assess the roles of some potential confounders/effect modifiers including but not limited to age, body mass index, parity, and years since menopause.


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Barbara Fuhrman, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Bradley Martin, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences