World Cancer Research Fund today released a report http://www.wcrf-uk.org/about_us/media/press_release.php?recid=221 saying that 4 out of 10 cases of womb cancer could be prevented in the UK if women were more physically active and a healthier weight.
Whilst we acknowledge that obesity and inactivity can be a factor in women being diagnosed with womb cancer, to focus so much on this fact does little to raise awareness of the fact that in 6 out of 10 women obesity is not an issue!
There are many of the women who are part of the WCSUK chat group who are not obese; far from it. There are also active women in the group, marathon runners even!
This report and the many media outlets that reported it have focused on the obesity issue and its quite upsetting for some of the women who feel that they are in some way to blame for getting womb cancer.
Focusing on the obesity angle also means that women who are not obese might be mislead into thinking that they are not at risk of getting womb cancer, when again we know that is not the case.
We believe that all women need to be aware of the risk factors regarding womb cancer because it can affect women of all ages and sizes!
Until there is a national womb cancer awareness campaign that raises awareness of ALL the risk factors and the signs to look out for then we will keep doing what we do to raise awareness amongst women and offer support to those who have received a diagnosis.