Women’s cancers

Introduction to Women’s #cancers

Women who carry excess body fat have an increasing incidence of cancer and this is due to the fact that they produce more oestrogen.  Oestrogen production is higher when there is excessive body fat because oestrogen can also be made in adipose tissue.  This is true even after the menopause.  Oestrogen leads to proliferation of certain cells and when this goes awry it can lead to cancer.  This can occur in the uterus, breast , endometrium and other tissues.


Carrying excess weight can also decrease the number of a protein, called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), that bind oestrogen in the blood and render it inert.  So aswll as producing more oestrogen, a woman with excess body fat also has more ‘free’  and less ‘bound’ oestrogen in the blood .

Oestrogen is an essential hormone for women and a lack of it causes menopuse symptoms and loss of fertility.  It is also natural for oestrogen levels to fall after the menopause but it is having higher than normal levels of oestrogen for long periods of time that could lead to certain cancers.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Advice from WCRF to breast cancer survivors

16/10/2014 saw publication by the Word cancer Research fund of a  new report on breast cancer survivors. There are indications of links between better survival after breast cancer and:

  • a healthy body weight
  • being physically active
  • eating foods containing fibre
  • eating foods containing soy
  • a lower intake of total fat and, in particular, saturated fat.

But other factors may explain these links, so further research is needed to investigate the reason for the associations.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

so is soya really safe if you have beast cancer


Concerns raised over soy supplementation: Study

By Nicola Cottam, 09-Sep-2014

Soy supplementation for women suffering from breast cancer may compound rather than improve their condition – contrary to popular opinion, say scientists.  In a subset of women, the soya seemed to promote the growth of the cancer.


Friday, September 5th, 2014

Polyhenols found in fruit and veg can lower risk of ovarian cancer


Huge 40-year, 180,000 woman cohort shows flavanols can reduce ovarian cancer risk


Regular consumption of flavanols and flavanone bioactive compounds, found in tea, citrus fruits and fruit juices, can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 21%, according to a cohort study involving nearly 180,000 women and begun in 1976. See



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