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Obesity nearly doubles a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer

I’ve told you in the past that being overweight or obese can increase the risk for over a dozen types of cancer.

In fact, the CDC says, “You may be surprised to learn that being overweight or having obesity are linked with a higher risk of getting 13 types of cancer. These cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States each year.”

Now we can add another cancer risk to the list. 

HealthDay reports that “new research finds that over the long term,” obesity “nearly doubles a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer.”

Investigators “analyzed genetic samples from about 120,000 women…including about 13,000 with endometrial cancer.”

The data indicated that “for every five extra body mass index…units, there was an 88% increased risk of endometrial cancer.”

The findings were published in BMC Medicine.

How Can Obesity Cause Cancer?

According to the CDC, overweight and obesity can cause changes in the body that help lead to cancer.

These changes can include long-lasting inflammation and higher than normal levels of insulin, insulin-like growth factor, and sex hormones.

The risk of cancer increases with the more excess weight a person gains and the longer a person is overweight.

How Can You Lower Your Risk?

You can achieve a healthy weight by making healthy lifestyle choices. You can reduce your risk of obesity-related cancer by following a healthy eating plan and getting regular physical activity.

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