The Prevention of Uterine Cancer Cases

September 22, 2014
According to recent studies, uterine cancer may be very easily prevented with some lifestyle changes that benefit our overall health.

According to reports published by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, women may be able to prevent uterine cancer by making certain lifestyle changes such as eating clean diet and exercising.

Endometrial cancer is the most frequent type of uterine cancer in the U.S. and it is the fourth most common to occur in women after breast, lung and colon cancer.

There is also another type of uterine cancer that isn’t very frequent, which is known as uterine sarcomaThese two types of cancer are the most frequent to occur in the female reproductive system; they represent 6% of the kinds of cancer that women suffer from.

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The scientific research about uterine cancer

After reviewing the data, researchers have reached the conclusion that your diet plays a fundamental role in the development of diseases like cancer.

Some studies have linked the consumption of coffee to a smaller risk; others claim that eating a lot of foods that are rich in sugars and processed grains can considerably increase your risk of contracting cancer.

Anatomy of the uterus
The endometrium is the lining or internal layer of the uterus (womb).

Why does this happen?

They believe that endometrial cancer has a direct connection with the functioning of some hormones like estrogen and insulin. Both of those hormones have a close relationship with obesity and excess fat.

This is the reason why they recommend regular physical exercise, establishing a healthy weight and reducing estrogen and insulin levels, as well as strengthening your immune and digestive systems.

This is why coffee, as it contains antioxidants like chlorogenic acid, may be able to help in the prevention of damage to your DNA. It notably improves sensitivity to insulin and prevents glucose from being absorbed by the intestine.

So, avoiding foods that increase your glycemic index levels may be a good idea, since they increase your risk of developing endometrial cancer as well as other diseases.

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What are the symptoms of uterine cancer?

Uterus emiting signals of possible cancer
It’s important to keep the warning signs in mind because they can alert you to a possible illness.

The following symptoms are what you should keep in mind in order to be aware and prevent endometrial cancer:

  • Vaginal bleeding that occurs after menopause
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex

It’s also possible for some women to experience significant weight loss. However, you shouldn’t be too alarmed; these symptoms can be associated with other diseases and may not be directly linked to cancer.

Nonetheless, if you have any of these symptoms, make a doctor’s appointment. They will carry out the corresponding analyses to rule out or confirm the diagnosis.

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