Obese women have almost TWICE the risk of developing cervical cancer

Carrying too many pounds almost doubles a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer, research shows.

Scientists from the University of Bristol analyzed data from 120,000 volunteers from seven industrialized nations, including the UK.

Women who carry a little too much fat have an additional risk of developing cervical cancer


Women who carry a little too much fat have an additional risk of developing cervical cancerPhoto credit: Getty

A body mass index between 18 and 25 is in the healthy range, while 25 to 30 is considered overweight and 30 plus is obese.

Researchers found that for every five additional BMI units, a woman’s risk of uterine cancer increased by 88 percent.

For a 5ft 5in female, this equates to a weight of about two stones.

Experts believe that being overweight messes up levels of two key hormones – insulin and testosterone – which helps fuel the disease.

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The results could now lead to new treatments to reduce the risk of womb cancer.

The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, is published in the journal BMC Medicine.

Lead researcher Emma Hazelwood said: “Links between obesity and cervical cancer are well known, but this is one of the largest studies to have looked closely at why this is the case at the molecular level.”

Cancer of the uterus – also called endometrial or uterine cancer – affects nearly 10,000 women each year.

The disease is closely linked to obesity, with overweight accounting for a third of cases.

Experts estimate that around one in 36 women will develop the disease during their lifetime, making it the fourth most common gynecological cancer.

dr Julie Sharp, Head of Health Information at Cancer Research UK, said: “We have been at the forefront of uncovering links between obesity and cancer for years.

“Studies like these support the fact that being overweight or obese is the second leading cause of cancer in the UK and can help us understand why.

“This will play a crucial role in unveiling how cancer can be prevented and treated in the future.

“More research is needed to examine exactly what treatments and drugs might be used to control cancer risk in people struggling with obesity.

“We already know that being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing 13 different types of cancer.

“To reduce your risk of cancer, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and staying active.”

Scientists estimate that over one in 20 of all cancer cases in the UK is due to obesity.

The main symptoms of uterine cancer are:

  • Bleeding or spotting from the vagina after menopause
  • heavy periods from your vagina that are unusual for you
  • vaginal bleeding between your periods
  • a change in your vaginal discharge

Other symptoms of uterine cancer include:

  • a lump or swelling in your abdomen or between your hip bones (pelvis)
  • Pain in the lower back or between the hip bones (pelvis)
  • pain during sex
  • blood in your pee

If you find yourself having some of these symptoms, don’t worry as they can be linked to many other conditions.

But it’s always best to visit your GP and get checked out.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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