Obesity Increases Number of Womb Cancer Patients

New data from Cancer Research UK are showing that Britain’s obesity epidemic is guilty of increase of patients diagnosed with womb cancer.

In January, Cancer Research UK warned that 700,000 more people in the UK could develop some form of cancer linked to being overweight if current trends continued. Photograph: Alamy

In January, Cancer Research UK warned that 700,000 more people in the UK could develop some form of cancer linked to being overweight if current trends continued. Photograph: Alamy

Statistics published on Wednesday show that there is increased the number of women with this illness over a 20-year period. That number raised from about 4,800 women diagnosed with this disease in 1993 to about new 9,000 in 2013.

The numbers are devastating because a few years back from 1993-95 about 19 women in every 100,000 had this disease. That number now is about 29 women in 100,000. Cancer Research UK showed that overweight and obese women are more in danger of developing womb cancer.

Jonathan Ledermann, the director of the Cancer Research UK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre, states: “It is 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 is no surprise to see the increases in womb cancer cases echo rising obesity levels.”

“The good news is that thanks to research and improved treatments survival have improved. In the 1970s, almost six in 10 women diagnosed with the disease survived for at least 10 years. Now almost eight in 10 women survive.”
There are some researches that need to be done on the biology of cancer and how obesity can cause this disease. Extra fat can raise the risk of cancer and lack of exercise can also increase the risk of cancer.

“Obesity is linked to 10 different types of cancer, including womb cancer, and is the single biggest preventable cause of disease after smoking. While there are no guarantees against cancer, keeping a healthy weight can help you stack the odds in your favor and has lots of other benefits too,” added Julie Sharp, the head of health information at the charity.

Source: www.theguardian.com

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