Lifestyle factors

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Lifestyle factors are behaviours that are part of everyday life. They may be associated with an increased or decreased risk of endometrial cancer. 

The main lifestyle factor known to be associated with an increased risk of endometrial cancer is being overweight or obese. A sedentary lifestyle or spending lots of time sitting or lying down may also be a risk factor.

Some lifestyle factors may protect against developing endometrial cancer. Examples include physical activity, weight loss and drinking coffee and green tea.

Lifestyle factors for which no association with endometrial cancer has been shown, or for which results are inconclusive, include drinking alcohol, passive smoking, drinking black tea, a high fat diet, and a diet containing the chemical acrylamide.

Most lifestyle factors are modifiable. Read more below to find out changes you can make to reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, and what you can do