Biscuits, cakes increase the risk of 'womb cancer'

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It’s a warning for women. Eating cakes, buns or biscuits three times a week could give you womb cancer, claimed a new study.

The 10-year study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden analyzed the eating habits of more than 60,000 women and discovered that those who indulged in such a treat regularly were 33 percent more likely to suffer the disease.

The Daily Mail also reported that those who had it more than three times a week, the risk jumped to 42 per cent.

The Swedish scientists wanted to see if there was a direct link between the amount of sweet foods eaten and the onset of cancer.

They studied data from thousands of women who, between 1987 and 1990, had answered dozens of questions on diet, lifestyle, weight and general health.

Ten years later, those still alive answered an even more extensive battery of questions on their eating habits.

In 2008, the researchers matched up the women's answers with their medical records, specifically looking for diagnoses of endometrial cancer - the most common form of womb cancer. They discovered 729 cases out of the 61,226 women studied.

Sweets, soft drinks, jam or marmalade had little effect. However, those exceeding a total intake of more than 35 grams of sugar a day - equivalent to about seven teaspoons - faced a 36 per cent increase in tumor risk.

The scientists say that sugar overload makes the body release more insulin and oestrogen.

These findings were published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

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