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Drinking Coffee May Cut Womb Cancer Risk

Update Date: Sep 12, 2013 09:33 AM EDT

The risk of developing womb cancer can be reduced by drinking coffee, a new study suggests.

Coffee contains antioxidants which may boost health, a World Cancer Research Fund report finds.

The report on lifestyle and womb (endometrial) cancer also concluded that there is convincing evidence that greater body fatness increases the risk of womb cancer. Therefore physical activity and coffee “probably” protect against the womb cancer.

Cancer of the womb (uterus) is usually a cancer of the womb lining (endometrium). The most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding. It is also referred to as endometrial cancer.

The report also found that a high glycaemic load “probably” increases the risk of endometrial cancer. Glycaemic load is a measure of how much a food raises blood glucose levels.

In the press release, the WCRF also said that four out of 10 new cases of womb cancer could be prevented in the UK if women were more physically active and a healthier weight.

“To reduce the risk of womb and other cancers, World Cancer Research Fund recommends being as lean as possible without becoming underweight and being active for at least 30 minutes every day," World Cancer Research Fund Executive Director Karen Sadler said.

“The evidence on coffee is very interesting and is a further indication of the potential link between coffee and the risk of cancer but a lot more work still needs to be done,” he also added.

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