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Tseng M , Greenberg ER , Sandler RS , Baron JA , Haile RW , Blumberg BS , McGlynn KA
Serum ferritin concentration and recurrence of colorectal adenoma
Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2000 Jun;9(6) :625-630
PMID: ISI:000087634300015   
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Both body iron stores and dietary iron intake have been reported to increase risk of colorectal neoplasms. We assessed whether serum ferritin concentration was associated with recurrence of colorectal adenomas among 733 individuals with baseline determinations of ferritin as part of a multicenter clinical trial of antioxidant supplements for adenoma prevention. All study participants had at least one adenoma removed within 3 months before enrollment, and 269 of them developed one or more adenomas between follow-up colonoscopies conducted 1 and 4 years after enrollment. Baseline serum ferritin concentrations were analyzed both as a log-transformed continuous variable and as a categorical variable, defined as whether iron stores mere nonreplete and low (ferritin less than or equal to 30 mu g/liter), nonreplete and borderline (31-70 mu g/liter), replete and adequate (71-160 mu g/liter), or replete and high (>160 mu g/liter). Analyses were based on multiple logistic regression models, including age, sex, study center, energy, alcohol, fiber, folate, and total fat intake, number of months between colonoscopic examinations, smoking status, and aspirin use. Overall, there was no statistically significant linear association between log ferritin concentration and adenoma recurrence (P = 0.33). Risk of adenoma recurrence was modestly increased among participants with ferritin concentrations >70 mu g/liter relative to those with lower ferritin (odds ratio, 1.39; 95% confidence interval, 0.96- 2.02), This result seemed more pronounced among women than men. Dietary intake of iron and red meat was inversely associated with adenoma recurrence among participants with replete iron stores but not consistently associated among those with nonreplete stores. Our findings suggest that any role of iron stores and dietary iron in influencing risk of colorectal adenoma recurrence is likely complex.
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