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Weight gain increases risk of endometrial cancer

Posted Oct 25 2011 4:07am

Data from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort found a link between the weight women gain post-menopauseThe time of a woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing an egg (ovum) on a monthly cycle. and the risk of endometrialRelating to the endometrium. cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..

The research was collated from the weight history and weight cycling data of 38,152 women; of these women, 560 went on to develop endometrial cancer. In women who had gained over 4 stone in weight over the period of the study (1992–2007) were four times more likely to develop endometrial cancer.

The authors went on to state that “weight gain during adulthood should be avoided to minimize risk for endometrial cancer”.

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