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Bariatric Surgery Reduces Uterine Cancer Risk: Study


In a new study researchers from University of California, San Siego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center, say bariatric surgery may help in reducing the risk of uterine cancer.

Bariatric surgery is a treatment for morbidly obese people who struggle in losing weight on their own.
The researchers studied data of more than 7,000,000 patients from University Health System Consortium database and found that around 100,000 people had the surgery history and 44,345 patients out of it had uterine cancer.

The study is published in the Gynecologic Oncology journal and it says patients who underwent bariatric surgery experienced reduced risk of the cancer by at least 71 percent. Also, if the treated patient were able to keep the weight less, they were likely less at risk to the developing uterine (endometrial) cancer by 81 percent.

Lead author of the study Kristy Ward, MD, said woman with Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 is likely to have higher risk of endometrial cancer by about eight times.

Ward is the senior gynecologic oncology fellow in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. He added that with the increase in BMI the risk of cancer also rises. More work is required in the segment to find more links between bariatric surgery and cancer and define how the former can help in caring and prevention of the latter.

However, it is a fact that women with endometrial cancer die of cardiovascular causes instead.

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