Leading an active lifestyle can help to ward off womb cancer, research has revealed.
A study in the British Journal of Cancer, published on 28 September, shows that healthier women are 30% less likely to develop the cancer than those who are largely inactive.
American scientists made the discovery by examining published papers through to last December, finding strong links between physical activity and the risk of developing womb cancer.
A separate study of 70,000 women also revealed that sitting down for long periods of time can increase the risk of disease.
There are more than 7,500 cases of womb cancer every year in the UK and it is the fourth most common cancer among women.
Lead author of the study from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr Steven Moore said: “Physical activity is known to reduce risk for breast and colon cancer, and now our study has found that physical activity can reduce risk for womb cancer as well.
“We already knew that maintaining a healthy body weight is an important way to reduce the risk of womb cancer, but our study showed that physical activity has a protective effect of its own.
“Interestingly, we also found a link between total time spent sitting and womb cancer, spending less time sitting and more time on your feet may complement exercise as a way of preventing the disease.”