Rising levels of obesity causing womb cancer

13th April 2016

The rising levels of obesity among women in the UK has been a contributing factor to the 54 per cent increase in womb cancer.

According to statistics from Cancer Research UK, 19 women in every 100,000 developed womb cancer in the 1990s. However, the charity says that this figure has increased to 29 women in every 100,000 this year.

It maintains that female obesity is the main culprit for womb cancer increasing by 54.3 per cent over the past two decades.

Every year, 9,000 women are diagnosed with uterine cancer in the UK and around 2,000 of these women die from the disease.

Professor Jonathan Ledermann, director of the Cancer Research UK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre, said: "It's worrying that womb cancer cases are going up so sharply. We don't know all the reasons why.

"But we do know that about a third of cases are linked to being overweight, so it's no surprise to see the increases in womb cancer cases echo rising obesity levels."

Other risk factors include a lack of exercise and taking hormone replacement therapy, but they are linked to fewer cases when compared to obesity.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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