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Olle Melander

Principal investigator

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Vasoactive Peptides with Angiogenesis-Regulating Activity Predict Cancer Risk in Males.


  • Mattias Belting
  • Peter Almgren
  • Jonas Manjer
  • Bo Hedblad
  • Joachim Struck
  • Thomas J Wang
  • Andreas Bergmann
  • Olle Melander

Summary, in English

BACKGROUND: Tumor development requires angiogenesis, and antiangiogenesis has been introduced in the treatment of cancer patients; however, how the cardiovascular phenotype correlates with cancer risk remains ill-defined. Here, we hypothesized that vasoactive peptides previously implicated in angiogenesis regulation predict long-term cancer risk.METHODS: We measured midregional proatrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP), proadrenomedullin (MR-proADM), and C-terminal preprovasopressin (copeptin) in fasting plasma from participants of the Malmö Diet and Cancer Study that were free from cancer prior to the baseline exam in 1991 to 1994 (1,768 males and 2,293 females). We used Cox proportional hazards models to determine the time to first cancer event in relation to baseline levels of vasoactive peptides during a median follow-up of 15 years.RESULTS: First cancer events occurred in 366 males and in 368 females. In males, one SD increase of MR-proANP, copeptin, and MR-proADM was independently related to incident cancer [HR (95% CI)] by 0.85 (0.74-0.96), P = 0.012; 1.17 (1.04-1.32), P = 0.009; and 1.12 (0.99-1.26), P = 0.065, respectively, and a summed biomarker score identified an almost 2-fold difference in cancer risk between the top and bottom quartile (P < 0.001). In younger males, the biomarker score identified a more than 3-fold increase in risk between the top and bottom quartile (P < 0.001). Among females, we found no relationship between biomarkers and cancer incidence.CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that vasoactive peptide biomarkers predict cancer risk in males, particularly in younger males.Impact: Our findings may have implications for cancer risk prediction and present novel, potentially drug modifiable, mechanisms underlying cancer development. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 1-10. ©2012 AACR.


  • Breastcancer-genetics
  • Genomics, Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Research - Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Research - Hypertension
  • EXODIAB: Excellence in Diabetes Research in Sweden
  • EpiHealth: Epidemiology for Health
  • BioCARE: Biomarkers in Cancer Medicine improving Health Care, Education and Innovation

Publishing year







Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology





Document type

Journal article


American Association for Cancer Research


  • Cancer and Oncology



Research group

  • Genomics, Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Research - Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Research - Hypertension


  • ISSN: 1538-7755