Dietary fiber intake and ovarian cancer risk: A prospective cohort study

Stephanie A.N. Silvera, Meera Jain, Geoffrey R. Howe, Anthony B. Miller, Thomas E. Rohan

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There is some evidence from case-control studies that dietary fiber intake might be inversely associated with ovarian cancer risk, but there are limited prospective data. Therefore, we examined ovarian cancer risk in association with intake of dietary fiber in a prospective cohort of 49,613 Canadian women enrolled in the National Breast Screening Study (NBSS), who completed a self-administered food frequency questionnaire between 1980 and 1985. Linkages to national mortality and cancer databases yielded data on deaths and cancer incidence, with follow-up ending between 1998 and 2000. Data from the food frequency questionnaire were used to estimate intake of total dietary fiber, of fiber fractions, and of fiber from various sources. Cox proportional hazards models were used to estimate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the association between energy-adjusted quartile levels of fiber intake and ovarian cancer risk. During a mean 16.4 years of follow-up, we observed 264 incident ovarian cancer cases. Total dietary fiber and fiber fractions were not associated with ovarian cancer risk in this study population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-341
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Causes and Control
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • Dietary fiber
  • Ovarian neoplasms
  • Prospective cohort


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