If you're living with a form of womb cancer, then no doubt you heard in the news yesterday from Cancer Research UK. They reported that there is a rise in the number of women being diagnosed with womb cancer, and that this rise is being linked to the increase in the number of women being overweight.
Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England suggested that obesity should be one of the conditions we should aim to reduce to keep women healthy.
So what's the link?
The link is the hormone oestrogen, which women store in their adipose (fat) tissue. Research shows us that if the endometrium (womb lining) is exposed to oestrogen, it can in fact promote the cells to change, quickly divide and become cancerous.
However, if we have a balance in our bodies of another hormone, in this case progesterone, then oestrogen is not likely to promote the cancerous change.
This is why women aren’t prescribed oestrogen on it’s own, For example, when taking HRT, they are prescribed a combined preparation (oestrogen and progesterone). Some women may take oral oestrogen and have a local delivery of progesterone to the endometrial lining via a mirena coil (a coil that slowly delivers progesterone).
Therefore, not all womb cancers are caused by an excess of oestrogen, but avoiding obesity will certainly help a woman reduce her risk and reduce her risk of diabetes, heart disease and other weight related conditions.
Most importantly women should report ANY change in their bleeding pattern, or bleeding after their menopause to their doctors, it could be an early indication of womb cancer , a very treatable cancer if caught early .
So please...GET BLEEDING CHECKED!