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Exercise cuts Endometrial Cancer Risk for all Women

Kathleen Blanchard's picture

Results of a controlled analysis shows all women can reduce the risk of endometrial cancer by exercising at least 150 minutes a week, regardless of body type.

Obesity is a known risk factor for the disease, but compared to inactive women, the chances of developing the cancer drop by 34 percent from remaining physically active.

Study author Hannah Arem, a doctoral student at Yale School of Public Health says, “Clearly” programs should be in place to encourage women to exercise. The risk reduction of endometrial cancer overall was 34 percent.

Exercise could Lower Endometrial Cancer Risk up to 73 Percent

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When the data from a case controlled study led by Herbert Yu, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D was analyzed, the results revealed that regular exercise could lower the risk of endometrial cancer by as much as 73 percent for women who are underweight or with a body mass index less than 25.

Included in the study were 668 women matched with 665 women of the same age as a control. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and following a low fat diet are also important for reducing chances of the disease.

Even for overweight women who are considered at higher risk for the disease, exercising 150 minutes a week or more reduced the chances of endometrial cancer by 52 percent, compared to women who are inactive.

American Association for Cancer Research