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Grant Number: 7R01CA078762-06 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Baumgartner, Kathy
Organization: University Of Louisville Res Fdn
Project Title: The 4 Corners Breast and Endometrial Cancer Study
Fiscal Year: 2003


DESCRIPTION: (Adapted from Applicant's Abstract) The incidence of breast and endometrial cancers varies almost three-fold between non-Hispanic white populations and Native American and Hispanic populations living in the 4-Corners area of the United States (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah). Interestingly, although American Indian and Hispanic women have higher prevalences of many risk factors for breast and endometrial cancer identified in non-Hispanic white women (e.g., obesity, low levels of vigorous physical activity, low intakes of fruits and vegetables, high rates of insulin resistance) they have lower cancer incidence rates. In this study the investigators focus on the metabolic factors of obesity/weight changes and indicators of insulin status as they relate to breast and endometrial cancers. Obesity is associated both with estrogen and insulin by two interrelated disease pathways. Insulin may influence cancer risk directly through its effects on insulin-like growth factor (IGF) and its binding proteins (IGFBPs) and well as indirectly through its effect on estrogen levels. The investigators propose focusing on the insulin pathway because of the high levels of insulin pathway dysfunction in this population. A multi-center case-control study is proposed that targets women living in the 4-Corners area; the study will consist of a 2.5 hour in-person interview and a blood draw. Over a three-year case ascertainment period, the study will enroll 3000 breast cancer cases, 450 endometrial cancer cases and 3000 controls, half of whom will be Hispanic/Native American and half of whom will be non-Hispanic white women between the ages of 25 and 79. Molecular variants of genes that influence obesity and insulin (androgen receptor gene (AR), vitamin D receptor gene(VDR), insulin receptor (ADRB3)) will be examined both independently and in conjunction with metabolic factors to determine differences in genetic susceptibility in the population. Because of the diverse population (Hispanics, Native American, and non-Hispanic white women), the investigators propose to evaluate ethnic background and genetic admixture in relationship to gene markers, environmental factors, and breast and endometrial cancer risk. Genetic admixture (Ameridian to European genetic mixture) is a novel and innovative way to study the continuum of ethnic diversity. C-peptide, glycosylated hemoglobin, IGF-1, and IGFBP3 will be evaluated with respect to breast and endometrial cancer in a subset of women.