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||Risk of gastric cancer by water source: evidence from the Golestan case-control study.
||Eichelberger L, Murphy G, Etemadi A, Abnet CC, Islami F, Shakeri R, Malekzadeh R, Dawsey SM
||BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer (GC) is the world's fifth most common cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer-related death. Over 70% of incident cases and deaths occur in developing countries. We explored whether disparities in access to improved drinking water sources were associated with GC risk in the Golestan Gastric Cancer Case Control Study. METHODS AND FINDINGS: 306 cases and 605 controls were matched on age, gender, and place of residence. We conducted unconditional logistic regression to calculate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CI), adjusted for age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, education, head of household education, place of birth and residence, homeownership, home size, wealth score, vegetable consumption, and H. pylori seropositivity. Fully-adjusted ORs were 0.23 (95% CI: 0.05-1.04) for chlorinated well water, 4.58 (95% CI: 2.07-10.16) for unchlorinated well water, 4.26 (95% CI: 1.81-10.04) for surface water, 1.11 (95% CI: 0.61-2.03) for water from cisterns, and 1.79 (95% CI: 1.20-2.69) for all unpiped sources, compared to in-home piped water. Comparing unchlorinated water to chlorinated water, we found over a two-fold increased GC risk (OR 2.37, 95% CI: 1.56-3.61). CONCLUSIONS: Unpiped and unchlorinated drinking water sources, particularly wells and surface water, were significantly associated with the risk of GC.