Lifelong excess weight can nearly double risk of womb cancer – study

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The study looked at endometrial cancer, the most common type of womb cancer, which affects the lining of the uterus – the endometrium.


(Andrew Gregory/ The Guardian) — Lifelong excess weight may almost double a woman’s risk of developing womb cancer, research suggests.

Scientists and doctors have known for some time that being overweight or obese increases the risk of the disease. About one in three cases in the UK (34%) are linked to excess weight.

Now researchers at the University of Bristol have been able to shed further light on the link as well as the extent of the increased risk. They found that for every five extra BMI units, a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer increases by 88%. The research was funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and published in the journal BMC Medicine. (…)

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