Preventative Measures Could Reduce Risk of Endometrial Cancer by 59 Percent
One of the challenges with endometrial cancer is that there isn’t a reliable screening test that can detect signs of this cancer. However, according to a report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), prevention measures could reduce around 59 percent of these cases (29,500) each year.
Endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterine lining) is the most common cancer to strike the female reproductive system, according to the American Cancer Society. Every year in the U.S. there are approximately 49,600 new cases of endometrial cancer, mostly affecting women over the age of 60.
Preventing Endometrial Cancer
One way the report notes could reduce risk of endometrial cancer is by drinking coffee. The risk of endometrial cancer was found to be reduced by seven percent, whether the coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated. But other preventative measures were found to more drastically reduce the risk.
Body fat has been connected to chronic inflammation and the production of hormones, both conditions that foster the development of cancer. So by reducing body fat, it decreases the risk. Another preventative measure is to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Not only can this help drop weight, but physical activity also reduces insulin and estrogen levels.
Symptoms of endometrial cancer include:
- blood-tinged, watery discharge;
- pelvic pain;
- vaginal bleeding between periods;
- pain during intercourse; and
- vaginal bleeding after menopause.
Cancer of any type can result in permanent disability. As a result, it may qualify the patient to receive Social Security disability benefits. To learn about one’s rights to these benefits or for assistance filing a claim, contact the Disability Help Group.