Can fiber reduce the risk of endometrial cancer?

Given the blood sugar, cholesterol and appetite-controlling effects of fiber, who wouldn't sing its praises? And there may be another verse in praise of fiber, written specially for women. Dietary fiber may help reduce the risk of the most common female reproductive cancer.

One review of scientific studies revealed that getting a decent amount of fiber in the diet -- at least 5 grams for every 1,000 calories consumed -- could lower the risk of endometrial cancer by as much as 20 percent.

If you eat about 2,000 calories a day, you only need to grab a cup of oatmeal for breakfast (4 grams), snack on an ounce of almonds in the afternoon (3.5 grams) and have a medium-sized baked potato with the skin at dinner (5 grams) to put you above the range that proved beneficial in the study. However, it should be noted that other studies have had less optimistic conclusions, and more studies are being performed.

Continue Learning about Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Starting in the lining of a womans uterus, endometrial cancer is caused when your body has a hormonal imbalance.When you have too much of the hormone estrogen relative to the hormone progesterone, the lining of the uterus grows to...

o thick and allows tumors to grow. The hormonal imbalance may be caused by using estrogen to treat menopause or by having ovarian tumors that produce estrogen. Obesity also increases your risk; fat cells make extra estrogen that isnt balanced out with more progesterone. Hormonal birth control can reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, although keep in mind it has risks of its own. Studies show you can remain protected from this cancer for up to 10 years after you stop taking hormonal birth control. Call your doctor if you have vaginal bleeding or unexplained weight loss. When found early, endometrial cancer is very treatable. Aggressive treatments may include removal of parts of the female reproductive system, including the uterus and ovaries.

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