Processed Meat Intake and Bladder Cancer Risk in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cohort.

Author(s): Xu X

Journal: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev

Date: 2019 Dec

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): PLCO

PubMed ID: 31533945

PMC ID: not available

Abstract: BACKGROUND: The association between processed meat intake and bladder cancer risk has been evaluated by several observational studies with inconsistent results. METHODS: In a cohort of 101,721 subjects in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial, we analyzed the association of processed meat intake with bladder cancer risk. RESULTS: After a median of 12.5 years of follow-up, 776 new cases of bladder cancer were identified. Intake of processed red meat was significantly associated with the incidence of bladder cancer after multivariate adjustment [highest vs. lowest quintile: HR, 1.47; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.12-1.93; Ptrend = 0.008]. In contrast, there was only a suggestive but not significant association between intake of total processed meat and bladder cancer risk after multivariable adjustment (highest vs. lowest quintile: HR, 1.16; 95% CI, 0.89-1.50; Ptrend = 0.073). CONCLUSIONS: This large prospective study suggests that intake of processed red meat is associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer. IMPACT: Bladder cancer risk is increased with cumulative intake of processed red meat.