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Obesity is blamed for large rise in uterine cancers in UK

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2093 (Published 13 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2093
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Rising levels of obesity among women in the United Kingdom have been linked to a 54% increase in uterine cancer rates during the past two decades, figures from Cancer Research UK have shown.

In the early 1990s, roughly 19 women in every 100 000 developed the disease, but this figure rose to 29 women in every 100 000 during 2011 to 2013.

Currently, roughly 9000 women have uterine cancer diagnosed every year in the UK, compared with 4800 …

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