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Weight Loss Linked to Lower Risk of Uterine Cancer

Weight loss may lower the risk of cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, in older women, a new study suggests.

Weight Loss May Reduce Uterine Cancer

Weight loss may lower the risk of uterine cancer in older women, a new study finds. Photo by Miami OBGYN

This is good news to older adults who think that weight loss may not be beneficial to them. “Many older adults think it’s too late to benefit from weight loss, or think that because they are overweight or obese, the damage has already been done. But our findings show that’s not true,” study author Juhua Luo said in a news release from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

These new findings shed light on the fact that it can never be to too late to lose weight, no matter what age you are. “It’s never too late, and even moderate weight loss can make a big difference when it comes to cancer risk,” Luo added. She’s an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health.

According to the researchers, endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer and the fourth most common cancer among women in the United States, the researchers said. More than 75 percent of endometrial cancers occur in women aged 55 and older.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 35,000 American women between the ages of 50 and 79. The study included an average of more than 10 years of follow-up.

Although the study did not prove cause and effect, losing weight was associated with a significantly lower risk of endometrial cancer, and that benefit was greatest in obese women, the researchers said. Exercising alone just makes you feel so good and the fact that it can lower the risk of cancer just makes it all the better.

Women over 50 who reduced 5 percent or more of their body weight had a 29 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer, regardless of their age or how much weight they lost, according to the researchers.

Obese women who reduced 5 percent or more of their body weight had a 56 percent reduction in their risk. Overweight or obese women who accomplished a normal body mass index (BMI — an estimate of body fat based on weight and height) had the same risk as women who kept a normal BMI, the study authors said.

The researchers also discovered that women who gained more than 10 pounds had a 26 percent increased risk of endometrial cancer.

The study was published online Feb. 6 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“There have been more than a thousand studies linking obesity to an increased risk of endometrial and other cancers, but almost none that look at the relationship between weight loss and cancer risk,” said Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, an ASCO expert in cancer prevention.

“This study tells us that weight loss, even later in life, is linked to a lower risk of endometrial cancer. The findings also support the development of weight loss programs as part of a cancer prevention strategy in overweight and obese adults,” she said.
Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology, news release, Feb. 6, 2017

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Processed Meat Linked to Cancer Risk

Processed meats such as ham and sausage can lead to colon cancer, but red meat is probably cancer causing also. According to the World Health Organization, foods such as hot dogs, cold cuts and bacon should be avoided if you want to improve your health and prevent cancer.

Processed Meats

Processed and red meats are linked to increased cancer risks, according to the World Health Organization. Photo by Protect America’s Dream

Experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has been looking over studies for decades and has come up with substances that cause cancer and labeled them on a scale. Processed meat is in group 1 which causes cancer and red meat is in group 2A which probably causes cancer. Colorectal and stomach cancers have been related to processed meats in the past so this classification is not all that shocking, but it does shed new light.

The overall increase in risk is small and experts cannot pinpoint exactly how much meat is too much, but they do mention that the more you eat the more your risk increases. Beef producers disagree with the findings by saying the evidence is weak and not all panel members were in absolute agreement.

“Cancer is a complex disease that even the best and brightest minds don’t fully understand,” says Shalene McNeill, PhD, RD, executive director of human nutrition research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

“Billions of dollars have been spent on studies all over the world, and no single food has ever been proven to cause or cure cancer,” she says in a statement posted on the group’s web site.

McNeill does have a valid point there but eating too much red meat such as beef is still not as healthy for you as white meat.

There was sufficient evidence to label processed meats in the top tier of cancer risks – group 1 – along with asbestos and tobacco smoke. However, eating a hot dog is definitely not equal to smoking a cigarette it just means scientists are sure something causes cancer.

Red meats include pork, veal, goat, horse, lamb or mutton. Processed meats are fermented, salted, smoked, cured or treated to either keep them from spoiling or to enhance their flavor.

Experts still cannot pinpoint exactly how processed and red meats cause cancer. When meats are smoked and cured certain chemicals are created that are recognized to increase cancer risk. Some cooking methods such as frying or grilling that burn meat at high temperatures can develop cancer-causing chemicals in meat. I prefer baking or broiling when I cook to avoid the grease and preserve more nutrients so this is the healthier option for me.

The panel says that each daily 1.8 ounces of processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancers by 18%. Each daily 3.5 ounces of red meats increases the colorectal cancer risk by 17%.

I believe that since the risk of developing cancer from processed and red meats is so small, no one should panic if he or she eats bacon or a hot dog occasionally. If you are trying to lose weight and improve your health, slowly reducing the amount of red meat and processed meats is a great way to begin.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer.

Source: World Health Organization “Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meatOctober 2015