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Exercise could cut endometrial cancer risk

Posted by on May. 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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Exercise could cut endometrial cancer risk

But experts aren't sure how much physical activity is needed for benefits

Women who regularly work up a sweat exercising have a 30 percent lower risk of developing endometrial cancer, a new study says.

Researchers at the United States' National Cancer Institute analyzed 14 previous studies and found physical activity cuts the risk of endometrial cancer by 20 to 40 percent when compared to sedentary women. The study was published online Wednesday in the British Journal of Cancer. It was paid for by the National Cancer Institute.

Scientists have long known that exercise cuts your risk of cancers including the breast, colon, esophagus and kidney. Excess body fat sometimes leads to higher hormone levels, which in turn, may elevate the risk of cancer.

"We already knew that maintaining a healthy body weight is an important way to reduce the risk of womb cancer, but our study showed that physical activity has a protective effect of its own," said Steven Moore of the National Cancer Institute, the study's lead author.

But experts still aren't sure exactly how much physical activity is needed to lower their risk. One study showed more than 20 percent of womb cancers could have been avoided if women had exercised vigorously for about 20 minutes at least five times a week.

In related research, Moore and colleagues also considered past studies that tracked how much time women spent sitting. They found women who sat for more than nine hours a day had double the risk of endometrial cancer compared to women who sat fewer than three hours a day. In developed countries, women have about a 1 in 40 chance of getting womb cancer.

"This new research provides clear evidence that the more active women are — and the less time they spend sitting down — the less likely they are to develop womb cancer," said Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research U.K. She was not linked to the research.

Hiom said exercise helped reduce potentially harmful levels of estrogen. "Keeping active and doing plenty of exercise as well as spending more time on your feet will help reduce the risk of womb cancer."

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Barabell
by Bronze Member on May. 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I just added this article to inspire me because I'm probably at higher risk for endometrial cancer for a couple of reasons.

Do you know if you're at higher risk for any cancers?

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on May. 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

 Interesting theory.

I'm not at risk for any cancers. Doesn't mean I couldn't get cancer, but there's no history of any cancer in my family, and I personally don't have any risk factors.

momofsixangels
by on May. 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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This is good info!

mnmo3bb
by Bronze Member on May. 18, 2013 at 3:11 AM

 Not sure, my grandma had female cancer, my grandpa had gall bladder cancer, my dad had kidney cancer... had... killed them all... :(

aidensmomma508
by on May. 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

I think I am higher risk for cervical cancer because I've had abnormal paps etc so I had more appointments then most women, but since my son was born it has cleared up. So now they do t have to keep an eye on it so much.  Pap every 3 year now

Barabell
by Bronze Member on May. 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I didn't think so either until within the last five years. Within that time, my grandmother on my mom's side (in her 90s) got endometrial cancer and both my mom and her sister got breast cancer. My doctor has also told me I'm at higher risk for endometrial cancer unless I'm on a hormonal birth control because my body doesn't regularly shed menstral tissue. Now I read this, and I see that I also sit too much because of work. I'm working less hours now, and I'm just starting to exercise regularly.....So hopefully that will reduce my risk.

Quoting SweetLuci:

 Interesting theory.

I'm not at risk for any cancers. Doesn't mean I couldn't get cancer, but there's no history of any cancer in my family, and I personally don't have any risk factors.


Barabell
by Bronze Member on May. 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I've never heard of gall bladder cancer before, but your answers struck close to home since my grandmother has a female cancer (endometrial) and my grandfather died from issues related to his gall bladder (took too long to diagnose gall stones and eventually had issues with the stints put in because his body was already passing gall stones).

Quoting mnmo3bb:

 Not sure, my grandma had female cancer, my grandpa had gall bladder cancer, my dad had kidney cancer... had... killed them all... :(


Barabell
by Bronze Member on May. 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Wow, I'm glad you're OK now!!

Quoting aidensmomma508:

I think I am higher risk for cervical cancer because I've had abnormal paps etc so I had more appointments then most women, but since my son was born it has cleared up. So now they do t have to keep an eye on it so much.  Pap every 3 year now


mnmo3bb
by Bronze Member on May. 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Yea gall bladder is rare, by the time they found it it was too late :/ my other grandpa died of congested heart failure and my other grandma of dementia or something... Just old age I guess.

Quoting Barabell:

I've never heard of gall bladder cancer before, but your answers struck close to home since my grandmother has a female cancer (endometrial) and my grandfather died from issues related to his gall bladder (took too long to diagnose gall stones and eventually had issues with the stints put in because his body was already passing gall stones).

Quoting mnmo3bb:

 Not sure, my grandma had female cancer, my grandpa had gall bladder cancer, my dad had kidney cancer... had... killed them all... :(


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