If you're worried about developing uterine (endometrial) cancer, you’re likely searching for ways to minimize your risk. Below, Moffitt Cancer Center provides helpful advice on what foods to eat and avoid, as well as other lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of developing this malignancy.
What foods are good for uterine cancer?
If you’re concerned about developing uterine cancer, you should consider increasing your intake of the following foods and beverages:
- Green tea
What foods should you avoid for uterine cancer?
To reduce your risk of developing uterine cancer, you should also consider reducing your consumption of the following foods and beverages:
- Dairy products
- Saturated fats
- Foods and drinks high in calories, sodium and/or sugar
If you tend to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, you should also try to reduce your intake. However, you don’t need to cut it out of your diet entirely. Certain studies suggest that consuming a moderate amount of alcohol (0.5 to 1 drink per day) may actually lower your risk for uterine cancer. Conversely, drinking at least 2.5 servings of alcohol per day can increase your chances of developing this malignancy.
The Mediterranean diet and uterine cancer
Some studies suggest that adhering to the Mediterranean diet can lower a woman’s risk for uterine cancer. Given the advice listed above, this is not surprising, as the Mediterranean diet involves consuming:
- A high ratio of monounsaturated fats vs. saturated fats
- Large amounts of fruits, vegetables, legumes and cereals (including potatoes and bread)
- A moderate amount of alcohol (less than two glasses of wine per day)
- Low amounts of meat and dairy products
Other lifestyle changes to consider
Regularly exercising and maintaining a healthy weight may reduce your risk of developing uterine cancer. So, if you don't already follow a regular exercise regimen, you may want to consider starting one (be sure to speak with your physician ahead of time to confirm that the program is appropriate for your current condition). And if you’re currently overweight, you may want to take steps to lose excess weight—in addition to following a more nutritious diet and increasing your activity level, you should also drink plenty of water and get enough sleep.
Uterine cancer diagnosis and treatment at Moffitt
Whether you've already received a uterine cancer diagnosis from another provider, or you’re experiencing symptoms and are concerned that you may have this malignancy, you can turn to Moffitt Cancer Center. We have a skilled multispecialty team of providers in our gynecological clinic—including surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, fertility preservation specialists, social workers and supportive care providers—and they work together to provide patients with highly individualized treatment recommendations. What’s more, Moffitt offers a robust clinical trials program that allows patients to receive innovative treatments for uterine cancer and other malignancies.
Contact Moffitt Cancer Center today to take the next step with uterine cancer diagnosis or treatment. You can reach us by calling 1-888-663-3488 or filling out our new patient registration form—no referral is needed. Once you get in touch, you can expect to hear from one of the cancer experts on our team within just 24 hours. We’re proud to have the fastest turnaround time of any cancer hospital in the United States.
BioMed Central: Diet and Endometrial Cancer
PCRM’s Nutrition Guide for Clinicians: Endometrial Cancer