I ran across a study this morning on the impact of exercise on endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecological cancer we see. The good news is the prognosis is often very good for patients with this type of cancer. The study shows that those who exercised for a total of 150 minutes per week (about 22 minutes per day) had a 34% reduced risk of this cancer, regardless of their weight.
In addition, they also said that a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25 moved it even more to a 73% lowered risk. Other studies on endometrial cancer show that 1) Vitamin D is important, 2) we need to minimize alcohol intake, and 3) the drug Metformin may provide protection against it.
Just so you are aware, we look for endometrial cancer in women with heavy irregular menses, especially after 40, in women with post-menopausal bleeding, and in women whose endometrial lining on ultrasound is greater than 5.5mm. The take away from the article: Let’s get exercising, and if you have any of the symptoms shown above, contact our office for further evaluation.
See the article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101109133139.htm