Mayo releases Endometrial Cancer News Update

Status Update
By Gynecology – Mayo Clinic
Endometrial cancer news:

Endometrial cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. It is considered a disease of postmenopausal women. However, about 25% of patients affected by the cancer will be under the age of 50 yrs old. There is even now some cases seen in teenagers. This is probably related to the epidemic of obesity. Hysterectomy is the usual treatment but there are reports of progestin-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) used in young women to treat the disease. Read more about this encouraging treatment option in:

“Progestin Intrauterine Device in an Adolescent With Grade 2 Endometrial Cancer”
By Alaina J. Brown et al in Obstetrics and Gynecology vol. 119, No 2, Part 2, February 2012

Source: MayoClinic
In layman’s terms, obesity is a factor in endometrial and breast cancer because fat cells produce estrogen. These cancers are estrogen driven which means that too much estrogen in the body creates an imbalance.  Estrogen stimulates tissue growth. Progesterone counteracts estrogen, and protects uterine and breast tissue.  See more at: Cornell University
What can you do?  Most nutritionists recommend changing your dietary habits.   Move toward a low-fat diet; increase fruits and vegetables and add a vitamin D supplement for added protection, as fat burns up vitamin D in your body leaving you with a possible vitamin D deficiency.  See more recommendations at Cornell .

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