Height, selected genetic markers and prostate cancer risk: results from the PRACTICAL consortium

Artitaya Lophatananon, Sarah Stewart-Brown, Zsofia Kote-Jarai, Ali Amin Al Olama, Sara Benlloch Garcia, David E Neal, Freddie C Hamdy, Jenny L Donovan, Graham G Giles, Liesel M Fitzgerald, Melissa C Southey, Paul Pharoah, Nora Pashayan, Henrik Gronberg, Fredrik Wiklund, Markus Aly, Janet L Stanford, Hermann Brenner, Aida K Dieffenbach, Volker ArndtJong Y Park, Hui-Yi Lin, Thomas Sellers, Chavdar Slavov, Radka Kaneva, Vanio Mitev, Jyotsna Batra, Amanda Spurdle, Judith A Clements, Douglas Easton, Rosalind A Eeles, Kenneth Muir, APCB BioResource

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BACKGROUND: Evidence on height and prostate cancer risk is mixed, however, recent studies with large data sets support a possible role for its association with the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

METHODS: We analysed data from the PRACTICAL consortium consisting of 6207 prostate cancer cases and 6016 controls and a subset of high grade cases (2480 cases). We explored height, polymorphisms in genes related to growth processes as main effects and their possible interactions.

RESULTS: The results suggest that height is associated with high-grade prostate cancer risk. Men with height >180 cm are at a 22% increased risk as compared to men with height <173 cm (OR 1.22, 95% CI 1.01-1.48). Genetic variants in the growth pathway gene showed an association with prostate cancer risk. The aggregate scores of the selected variants identified a significantly increased risk of overall prostate cancer and high-grade prostate cancer by 13% and 15%, respectively, in the highest score group as compared to lowest score group.

CONCLUSIONS: There was no evidence of gene-environment interaction between height and the selected candidate SNPs.Our findings suggest a role of height in high-grade prostate cancer. The effect of genetic variants in the genes related to growth is seen in all cases and high-grade prostate cancer. There is no interaction between these two exposures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734-743
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number5
Early online date1 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2017

Structured keywords

  • ICEP
  • Centre for Surgical Research


  • Height
  • SNPs
  • Gene and environment interaction
  • Prostate cancer

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