Objectives: To examine associations of ever-use of sex hormones (EUSH) and other factors with endometrialcancer (EC) mortality through a nation-wide Japan Collaborative Cohort Study.
Methods: A total of 63,541 womenaged 40-79 years, enrolled in 1988-90 from 45 municipalities of Japan, were followed until 2003 to record their vitalstatus. Using baseline data, the Cox proportional hazard model (age adjusted and multivariate) was used to estimatethe hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for EC mortality by selected factors, including EUSH.Bivariate analysis was also conducted to establish associations between EUSH and other factors.
Results: The mortalityrate from EC was 2.6 per 100,000 person-years during the mean follow-up period of 13.3 years. Prevalence rate ofEUSH was 5.2%. Significantly increased risk of EC mortality was found for EUSH with both age adjusted (HR=6.43,95%CI=2.10-19.67) and multivariate (HR=5.33; 95%CI=1.51-18.82) analyses. Bivariate analysis indicated that historyof diabetes mellitus, smoking, drinking, and age at first delivery were positively associated with EUSH, whereas age,number of delivery, number of pregnancy, and age at menarche demonstrated inverse links.
Conclusions: Our resultsimply that EUSH may increase the risk of EC mortality among Japanese women. However, further studies withmore deaths are needed to validate the results.