Obesity and liver cancer mortality in Asia: The Asia Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration

G. David Batty, Federica Barzi, Rachel Huxley, Charissa Y. Chang, Sun Ha Jee, Konrad Jamrozik, Hyeon Chang Kim, Xianghua Fang, Tai H. Lam, Mark Woodward

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While obesity is associated with liver cancer in studies from western societies, the paucity of data from Asia limits insights into its aetiological role in this population. We examined the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and liver cancer mortality using data from the Asia Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration. In 309,203 Asian study members, 4 years of follow-up gave rise to 11,135 deaths from all causes, 420 of which were ascribed to liver cancer. BMI, whether categorised according to current guidelines for Asian groups or World Health Organisation recommendations, was not associated with liver cancer in any of our analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-472
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Epidemiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec

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Funding Information:
Funding: This work is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia [ 402903 to C.M.Y.L., 358395 to APCSC]. Sun Ha Jee is supported by a Seoul City R&BD (10526). Rachel Huxley is supported by a Career Development Award from the National Heart Foundation of Australia. The Medical Research Council (MRC) Social and Public Health Sciences Unit receives funding from the MRC and the Chief Scientist Office at the Scottish Government Health Directorates. David Batty is a UK Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow (WBS U.1300.00.006.00012.01); this manuscript was prepared while he was a visiting fellow at The George Institute for International Health, University of Sydney, Sydney.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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