AACR Logo The United States occupies around 35,000 women diagnosed with endometrial cancer, a difficult to treat disease. A groundbreaking study asserts that women exercising 150 minutes a week or more have decreased chances of developing endometrial cancer, irrespective of whether or not they are overweight. Other investigations too possibly highlight the benefits of physical activity for lowering risk of endometrial cancer.

668 women suffering from endometrial cancer and 665 age-matched control women were comprised in the study. Those exercising for 150 minutes a week or more supposedly had a 34 percent reduced risk of endometrial cancer than women who were inactive. Hannah Arem, a doctoral student at Yale School of Public Health and colleagues noted that those with a BMI less than 25 or underweight had a declined threat of 73 percent as compared to inactive women with a BMI more than 25. In spite of the link between BMI and endometrial cancer, overweight yet active women had a 52 percent lower risk.

The study was presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, on November 7-10, 2010.