To honest, there is no definite answer to that. There are various factors that make a woman more likely to be diagnosed with womb cancer, such as being obese; or starting her periods at an early age; never being pregnant; being unfit. But there are women out there who tick none of these boxes and still got womb cancer so its evident that there needs to be much more research into whey women are getting it, especially younger women.
Womb cancer has, and still is, thought of as a cancer that post menopausal women get yet there are now women in their 20's and 30's who are now being diagnosed and the numbers will keep on increasing.
One factor that does figure large in around 40% of womb cancer diagnosis cases is obesity. This is definetly one area of awareness that we can tackle head on and its a fairly simple task. Women need to be aware that not maintaining a healthy weight can make you more likely to get, not only womb cancer but other cancers aswell.
The key, as far as I am concerned has to be prevention rather than cure. No one likes dieting; lets all face it we all like nice food. But everyone needs to understand that what you eat has a direct effect on your health.
50 years ago hardly anyone was obese - people ate 3 meals a day at set times. They sat together around a table, as a family and ate proper food. Nowadays, people eat anytime of the day and night, food is available 24/7 and that's where the problem is. Food is too readily available and people just can't say no.,
The food industry is forever coming up with ways to make people eat - adding stuff to foods that literally make you feel more hungry the more you eat. The diet industry is then making a fortune selling low fat/sugar free versions of your favourite foods that you think are going to help you loose the weight that you put on by eating the mass produced, processed stuff in the first place.
.Its time for people to realise that the only way to maintain a health body is to eat proper food. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on a cake mix packet? Your Gran wouldn't recognise it as a cake. All you need for a sponge cake is eggs, sugar, flour and butter. Nothing wrong with having a slice of cake - a proper cake! Not something that has lots of ingredients in it that you can't even pronounce let alone know what they are!
It makes me so sad to see young children, some still in pushchairs, eating packets of sweets or crisps and drinking fizzy drinks. What sort of health problems are the parents creating for their children? A future epidemic of health issues way beyond what we have now.
How many times have I heard people say "they wouldn't sell it if it was bad for you"? Well maybe its time to stop them from selling it. Stop putting vending machines in schools; feed children proper school meals; educate them at school about healthy eating. Proper food education needs to start from an early age.
In the end however, it comes down to personal choice. If people are going to continually choose processed junk over fresh fruit and veg - even after being told that the latter is better for them, then they have to accept the consequences. So when they get a cancer diagnosis in a few years time and they ask their GP "why me" maybe the GP should turn round and say - "its because you didn't eat a healthy diet like we told you to!"
If you have any views on the subject please leave a comment below.
xx Kaz xx