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Exercise May Reduce Endometrial Cancer Risk

November 11, 2010 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — Women who exercise for at least 150 minutes a week might have a reduced risk for endometrial cancer, according to a study presented here at the Ninth Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research.

Exercise cuts the risk even for women who overweight, said Hannah Arem, a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut. She spoke during a press conference at the meeting.

This is important in light of the fact that body mass index (BMI) “is one of the major risk factors for endometrial cancer,” she explained.

The exercise that counted in the study’s tallies was “moderate- to vigorous-intensity sports/recreational physical activity.”

“Does vigorous walking at conferences count?” asked Judy Garber, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, and president-elect of the AACR. Dr. Garber moderated the press conference and self-reported quite a bit of walking around the Philadelphia Convention Center.

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