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Why is the impact of Endometrial Cancer important to people in alberta?

Cancer of the uterus is the 4th most common cancer among women in Alberta, and 95 out of 100 of these cancers occur in the lining of the uterus (endometrial cancer).1 About 645 women were diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2015.2

  • The risk of getting endometrial cancer starts rising at age 35, peaks at about age 70, and then gets lower for older women.3
  • In Alberta, between 1992 and 2015, the rate of new endometrial cancer cases diagnosed every year stayed about the same.1,2

What can I do?

Experts agree that together, we can prevent about 42 out of every 100 cases of endometrial cancer in Alberta .2 Here’s how:

Excess weight is linked to about 20% of new endometrial cancer cases in Alberta.6

The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) recommend adults stay at a healthy body weight4 and keep their body mass index (BMI) in the normal range. Use our BMI Tool to find the healthy weight range for you.

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Not being active enough is linked to about 13% of new endometrial cancer cases in Alberta.Sedentary behaviour is linked to about 11% of new endometrial cancer cases in Alberta.8

To achieve health benefits, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends that adults accumulate 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week.5

More information on endometrial cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treatment at MyHealth Alberta.

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