Oncologist warns of endometrial cancer tsunami

Australia is facing a “tsunami” of endometrial cancers as the age of obesity onset declines, says an oncologist who wants her colleagues and GPs to encourage lifestyle changes among their patients.

“Many oncologists and GPs may not be aware, but endometrial cancer is rising rapidly because of obesity,” says Dr Diana Adams, a Sydney chemotherapy medical oncologist with a special interest in gynaecological cancers.

“From 1982 to 2008 there was a 20 per cent increase in endometrial cancer. That’s a very short period of time.”

She says it is well known that obesity increases the risk of post and pre-menopausal breast cancer and other forms of the disease. “But endometrial cancer actually tops the list. The relative risk with a BMI of 25 to 29kg/m2 is 1.6. This rises to 2.2 if the BMI is over 30.

“Up to 90% of type 1 endometrial cancer patients