How does obesity affect uterine cancer risk?

To lower your risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer, it is important to lower your weight. Fat cells produce estrogen, which is why obesity is thought to be one of the primary reasons uterine cancer rates are increasing in the United States. Women who are obese are more than three times as likely to get uterine cancer. 

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Gustavo Rodriguez, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that half the population in the United States is either obese or overweight. It wasn't like that in 1998. There’s a significant issue with an increased number of high-risk uterine cancers, and it’s becoming an increasing problem. It’s one of the areas where they are doing prevention research. And obesity's impact on uterine cancers is an area that deserves more attention.

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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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