Plasma/Serum Lycopene and Disease Risk
Bladder Cancer Critial Findings



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Cancer: bladder

Hung RJ

Protective effects of plasma carotenoids on the risk of bladder cancer.

Hung RJ, Zhang ZF, Rao JY, Pantuck A, Reuter VE, Heber D, Lu QY.

J Urol. 2006 Sep;176(3):1192-7.


PURPOSE: We examined the associations between plasma micronutrients and bladder cancer risk, and evaluated the combined effects of carotenoid and cigarette smoke.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a case-control study in 242 patients with bladder cancer and 204 healthy controls at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1993 to 1997. Epidemiological data and blood specimens were collected on 84 cases and 173 controls. Plasma micronutrients, including lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, retinol, alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol, were determined by high performance liquid chromatography. The logistic regression model was used to estimate the effects from carotenoid, tocopherol and retinol on the risk of bladder cancer.
RESULTS: Based on quartiles of plasma micronutrient levels and continuous variables, adjusted ORs were estimated for bladder cancer after controlling for potential confounders, including patient age, sex, education and pack-years of smoking.
When using plasma levels of micronutrients as continuous variables, the adjusted OR was 0.22 (95% CI 0.05 to 0.92) for alpha-carotene, 0.42 (95% CI 0.18 to 1.00) for lutein, 0.16 (95% CI 0.02 to 1.06) for zeaxanthin, 0.94 (95% CI 0.89 to 0.99) for
lycopene and 0.90 (95% CI 0.81 to 1.00) for beta-cryptoxanthin. The adjusted OR for the joint effect of plasma carotenoids and tobacco smoking was 6.22 (95% CI 1.87 to 20.8) in smokers with lower lutein and 5.18 (95% CI 1.57 to 17.1) in smokers with lower zeaxanthin.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results show protective effects of carotenoids on bladder cancer. They suggest that bladder cancer may
be a preventable disease through nutritional intervention, especially in smokers.






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