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Increased Cadmium Levels Linked to Greater Endometrial Cancer Risk

By jeremyc | August 11, 2017

Increased cadmium levels increase the risk of uterine cancer in women, according to a new study. Cadmium is a toxic metal which mimics estrogen.

Uterine cancer, also called endometrial cancer, mostly affects women of postmenopausal age. The cancer starts in the lining of the uterus. It is more common of the two types of cancer of the uterus.

About 92 percent of the cases of the cancer of the uterus are endometrial cancer. It is estimated that more than 61,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with this cancer this year. The other type of cancer of the uterus is uterine sarcoma.

Exposure to cadmium has been suggested to affect health adversely. It has been linked to kidney damage, increased risk of breast and pancreatic cancer, and calcium imbalance.

In this study the researchers set out to investigate how cadmium exposure affects the risk of endometrial cancer. The researchers noted that higher cadmium levels were linked to greater risk of uterine cancer.

Certain jobs might involve exposure to cadmium. Apart from this, cadmium can enter your body if you eat foods which have this metal. Such foods include, kidneys, liver, cereals, and crustacean shellfish (lobster, crab, and shrimp). The other main non-occupational cadmium source is cigarette smoking.

 

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