MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Juhua Luo, PhD
Associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics
Indiana University School of Public Health
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: We already know obesity increases risk of endometrial cancer. However, information on whether weight loss reduces risk of endometrial cancer is limited.
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?
Response: Women losing 5% or more weight reduced risk of getting endometrial cancer by 29%. This was observed for any weight loss but risk was even lower for obese women with intentional weight loss. Obese women intentionally losing their weights by 5% or more reduced risk of getting endometrial cancer by 56%.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Among post-menopausal women, intentional weight loss reduces risk of getting endometrial cancer, especially for obese women. Our findings suggest that weight loss in postmenopausal women may not be too late for potential health benefit.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: Additional research on intentional weight loss in relation to risk for other obesity-related cancer types and for mortality from cancer or other diseases are needed.
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Intentional Weight Loss and Endometrial Cancer Risk
JCO Jan 2017
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