Smoking, hormone concentrations, and endometrial cancer

Paul D. Terry, Thomas E. Rohan, Elisabete Weiderpass

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This chapter reviews studies on the link between smoking and an endometrial cancer risk, and changes in urinary hormone concentrations that may underlie this smoking-cancer association. The available data suggest that cigarette smoking is associated with a reduced risk of endometrial cancer among current-smokers, mainly among postmenopausal women, and that the association weakens with time since quitting. Studies that examined quantitative measures of exposure to cigarette smoke have shown greater reductions in risk among women who were currentsmokers and smoked either more intensely or for a longer duration than women who smoked relatively less. The mechanisms by which this association may be driven remain unclear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTobacco
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Policy and Public Health
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191594410
ISBN (Print)9780199566655
StatePublished - Jun 2 2010


  • Cancer risk
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Tobacco use
  • Urinary hormone concentrations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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