Weight Loss Could Help Postmenopausal Women Reduce Their Risk of Endometrial Cancer

Mar 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET
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According to a new study, losing weight can lessen a woman’s chance of getting endometrial cancer.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that postmenopausal women who lost 5 percent or more of their body weight reduced their chances of endometrial cancer by 29 percent.

The rate of reduction was even greater for women who were obese. The study found that these women’s risk dropped by 66 percent.

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The reason a correlation exists between weight loss and reduced risk of endometrial cancer has to do in part with the hormones found in women’s bodies.

“Fatty tissue releases estrogen which can stimulate the endometrium and increase a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer,” explains Dr. Jason Wright, chief of gynecologic oncology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York Presbyterian Hospital according to Business Insider.

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The study focused on 36,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79. In 2016, over 60,050 new cases of endometrial cancer were diagnosed. Endometrial cancer is cancer of the uterus, commonly when found the uterus is removed and the cancer is extinguished. This kind of cancer has over an 80 percent survival rate.

A common red flag is an increase in abnormal vaginal bleeding.

By Vivian Nunez

Originally published on HelloFlo.