Seventy percent of endometrial cancers are preventable

According to the National Cancer Institute, endometrial cancer—a disease of the inner lining of the uterus—strikes 47,000 women in the US each year, killing 8,000. American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) estimates that 70 percent of endometrial cancers are caused by carrying excess body fat and a lack of physical activity, making endometrial cancer one of the world’s most preventable cancers (along with cancers of the skin and lung).

“The science is clear and convincing,” said Alice Bender, MS, RD. “Staying lean, avoiding the buildup of abdominal fat, and being active every day are powerfully protective against endometrial cancer.”

Carrying excess body fat produces a hormonal environment high in insulin, insulin-like growth factors, and estrogens that may make cancer more likely. It also contributes to a level of chronic inflammation that may encourage cancer growth. Research suggests that regular physical activity helps regulate hormone levels and reduce inflammation.