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Grant Number: 5R01CA093881-04 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Strickler, Howard
Organization: Albert Einstein College Of Medicine
Project Title: Insulin and Igf in Female Colon, Breast, Uterine Cancer
Fiscal Year: 2005
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Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Increasing evidence indicates that high serum insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is associated with elevated risk of colorectal, breast, and endometrial cancer. Three Insulin Resistance Syndrome-related conditions, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle, are also associated with greater risk of these cancers, and hyperinsulinemia is hypothesized to drive these relationships, at least in part. Insulin shares 40 percent homology with IGF-1, and biologic studies suggest both are mitogens. However, few epidemiologic studies have evaluated cancer risk based on insulin levels, and none have been prospective with sufficient sample size or adequate control for confounders. Similarly, there are sparse epidemiologic data regarding free IGF-1 and cancer, even though the unbound form is the main bioactive component. A cross-sectional study by our group found free IGF-I more strongly associated with breast cancer than total IGF-1. To provide definitive evidence of their associations with cancer, a prospective study of insulin and free IGF-1 is necessary. Therefore, the purpose of this application is to determine the effects of high serum insulin and free IGF-1 on risk of incident colorectal, breast and endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women. Specimens and data will be obtained from the Observational Study of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a large (n=93,725), ethnically and geographically diverse cohort of postmenopausal women aged 50-79. We propose conducting a case-cohort study, testing baseline serum for fasting glucose, insulin, total and free IGF-1, IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3), and total estradiol. Follow-up will average 7 years, with cases excluded if diagnosed in the first 18 months. Our specific aims are to study: (1) The independent effects of high serum insulin and free IGF-1 on risk of colorectal (n=500), breast (n=900) and endometrial cancers (n=300); (2) Among the subcohort (controls; n=900), the factors related to levels of total IGF-1, free IGF-1, and IGFBP-3; (3) Whether type 2 diabetes is an independent risk factor for colorectal, breast and endometrial cancers, controlling for insulin resistance, IGF-1 and IGFBP-3.

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Publications

Quantifying mediating effects of endogenous estrogen and insulin in the relation between obesity, alcohol consumption, and breast cancer.
Authors: Hvidtfeldt UA, Gunter MJ, Lange T, Chlebowski RT, Lane D, Farhat GN, Freiberg MS, Keiding N, Lee JS, Prentice R, Tjønneland A, Vitolins MZ, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Strickler HD, Rod NH
Source: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2012 Jul;21(7), p. 1203-12.
EPub date: 2012 May 7.
PMID: 22564867
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Insulin, insulin-like growth factor-I, and risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
Authors: Gunter MJ, Hoover DR, Yu H, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Rohan TE, Manson JE, Li J, Ho GY, Xue X, Anderson GL, Kaplan RC, Harris TG, Howard BV, Wylie-Rosett J, Burk RD, Strickler HD
Source: J Natl Cancer Inst, 2009 Jan 7;101(1), p. 48-60.
EPub date: 2008 Dec 30.
PMID: 19116382
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Insulin, insulin-like growth factor-I, endogenous estradiol, and risk of colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women.
Authors: Gunter MJ, Hoover DR, Yu H, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Rohan TE, Manson JE, Howard BV, Wylie-Rosett J, Anderson GL, Ho GY, Kaplan RC, Li J, Xue X, Harris TG, Burk RD, Strickler HD
Source: Cancer Res, 2008 Jan 1;68(1), p. 329-37.
PMID: 18172327
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