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The SHAPE study.

- candidate number2155
- NTR NumberNTR723
- Date ISRCTN created26-sep-2006
- date ISRCTN requested13-sep-2006
- Date Registered NTR3-jul-2006
- Secondary IDsN/A 
- Public TitleThe SHAPE study.
- Scientific TitlePhysical activity and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women (the SHAPE study).
- ACRONYMSHAPE: Sex Hormones and Physical Exercise
- hypothesisWe hypothesise that exercise may reduce risk of breast cancer, either directly or indirectly through a reduction in abdominal fat mass, by favouring the sex hormone profile and decreased insulin. Because the association between breast cancer and endogenous estrogens is rather convincing, we designed the Sex Hormones and Physical Exercise (SHAPE) study on the effects of physical activity on these hormones. Furthermore, since androgens and insulin are suspicious risk factors for breast cancer, the effects of physical activity on these hormone levels are also investigated. Since the intervention programme is aimed at maximising fat loss, we can also investigate whether a potential relation between physical activity and endogenous hormones is mediated by the amount of total body fat or abdominal fat. If change in exercise level has a beneficial effect on the sex hormone and metabolic profile of postmenopausal women, increasing exercise is a possible breast cancer protective intervention.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedNo condition, healthy person
- Inclusion criteria1. Women aged 50 69 year;
2. > 12 months since last menses;
3. Non-smokers (at least 12 months);
4. Sedentary: < 2 hours per week of moderate sport activity (e.g. tennis, swimming, running, aerobics, fitness, volleyball) and not adherent to the international physical activity guideline. The international physical activity guideline states that every adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of at least moderately intense physical activity for at least five days per week [83;84];
4. Knowledge of the Dutch language;
5. Agreement to be randomly assigned to either the exercise intervention or control group;
6. Informed consent to participate in all screening and study activities.
- Exclusion criteria1. Use of hormone replacement or oral contraceptives in past 6 months;
2. Morbidly obese (BMI > 40);
3. BMI < 22;
4. Currently on or planning to go on a strict diet;
5. Ever diagnosed with breast cancer;
6. Diagnosis of other types of cancer in the past 5 years;
7. Diabetes mellitus or other endocrine related diseases;
8. Disorders or diseases (locomotor, optical, neurological, mental) that might impede the participation in the exercise programme;
9. Alcohol or drug abuse;
10. Maintenance use of corticosteroids;
11. Use of beta blockers.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingSingle
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-jan-2005
- planned closingdate1-sep-2006
- Target number of participants189
- Interventions1. Intervention group participants in this group will participate in an 1-year moderate intensity exercise programme;
2. Control group participants.
- Primary outcomeEndogenous hormone levels (sex steroid hormones, insulin).
- Secondary outcome1. Physical fitness, weight and the amount of total and intra-abdominal fat;
2. Lifestyle factors: habitual physical activity, diet, alcohol consumption and medication use.
- TimepointsN/A
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusstopped: trial finished
- Sponsor/Initiator KWF Kankerbestrijding
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
Dutch Cancer Society
- PublicationsBMC Public Health. 2007 Sep 4;7:232.
- Brief summaryPurpose:
To examine the effects of an 1-year moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise programme on endogenous hormone levels associated with breast cancer among sedentary postmenopausal women and whether a decrease in intra-abdominal fat is associated with a lowering of these hormone levels.

Physical activity has been associated with a decreased risk for breast cancer. The biological mechanismn(s) underlying the association between physical activity and breast cancer is not clear. Most prominent hypothesis is that physical activity may protect against breast cancer through reduced lifetime exposure to endogenous hormones. Another hypothesis is that physical activity prevents overweight and abdominal adiposity.

In this intervention study, 180 sedentary postmenopausal women who are aged 50-69 years are randomly allocated to an intervention or a control group. The intervention consists of an 1-year moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic and strenght training exercise programme. Partcipants allocated to the control group are requested to retain their habitual exercise pattern. Primary study parameters measured at baseline, at four months and at 12 months are: serum concentrations of endogenous estrogens, endogenous androgens, sex hormone binding globuline and insuline. Other study parameters include: amount of total and abdominal fat, weight, BMI, body fat distribution, physical fitness, blood pressure and lifestyle factors.

This study will contribute to the body of evidence relating physical activity and breast cancer risk and will provide insight into possible mechanisms through which physical activity might be associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD3-jul-2006 - 2-sep-2009

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