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Obesity Linked To Ovarian Cancer

January 6, 2009, 4:43 PM by Kelli Grant

Obesity Linked To Ovarian Cancer
Obese women are carrying around more than extra pounds. They have an increased chance of getting a certain kind of cancer. 

There is new incentive for obese women to lose weight. Researchers say the risk of developing ovarian cancer is much higher for ladies over 50 who are overweight. 

In a recent study, researchers looked at women who have never taken menopausal hormone replacement therapy. 

They followed almost 95,000 American women between the ages of 50 and 71. Over the course of seven years, researchers documented 300 cases of ovarian cancer. They found those who are obese have an almost 80 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer. 

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, it killed more than 15,000 women in the United States in 2008. 

Obese women may face an elevated risk because their fat cells turn normal hormones into estrogen and estrogen plays a role in the development of ovarian cancer. But doctors are quick to note that being thin is no guarantee of preventing ovarian cancer.

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