WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Endometrial cancer is a very serious condition that affects tens of thousands of women and their families in the US. New analysis shows a drastic lifestyle change can help prevent the development of this disease, also known as uterine cancer.
A new report projects 3 out of 5 cases of endometrial cancer can be prevented. The American Institute for Cancer Research and The World Cancer Research Fund International published the report.
Diets high in sugary foods, sugary drinks, and porcessed foods loaded with carbohydrates will increase the risk of endometrial cancer.
Alice Bender, MS, RDN of the American Institute for Cancer Research says, "So what we want to do is get an overall healthy diet that helps keep your blood sugars and your insulin levels low. And those are foods that are low in sugar, low in processed and refined grains."
"So we want whole grains, we want whole fruits, whole vegetables, nuts, legumes," adds Bender.
Excess body fat can cause endometrial cancer, so regular exercise is a powerful protector. The repot also shows that coffee, both decaf and regular, can also reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. Although the specific amount of coffee consumption to prevent the condition is not yet clear.
Endometrial cancer starts in the lining of the uterus, and is often detected in the early stages. Nearly 50 thousand cases are diagnosed every year in the US, more than ovarian and cervical cancer combined.