How to prevent a killer cancer

Ladies, there's a killer cancer out there that strikes more than 1,000 American women every week.

But odds are, you've never spent so much as a moment thinking about this deadly disease -- because, unlike breast cancer, it gets ZERO attention from the media.

It's time to change that.

Endometrial cancer may not be the focus of any major awareness campaigns, but it should be. It's one of the top four cancers in women -- behind cancers of the breast, lungs and colon -- and it kills one in five of the women who get it.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

New research reveals the key to making sure you NEVER have to fight a battle with this devastating disease.

It's one small change you can make this week that will practically guarantee you're not among the 1,000 women who will learn they have endometrial cancer next week.

Ready for the best part?

This one change won't cost you a penny!

Odds are, it was something you were planning to do anyway but have been putting off for far too long -- and I'm sure you've figured out by now what it is.

Lose some weight.

That's the secret, plain and simple. Drop a few pounds, and the risk of this deadly disease will drop right along with it.

If you're obese, you're already facing a higher risk. Sixty percent of all cases of endometrial cancer are linked to obesity.

But lose those extra pounds, and your risk will plunge by 56 percent.

Not obese, but still need to trim a little fat? You'll get a pretty hefty benefit, too: Weight loss will slash your risk of the disease by nearly 30 percent.

I know it might seem like a tall order, especially if you've let yourself go over the years.

But the study finds it doesn't take much. Losing just 5 percent of your body weight will do the trick.

If you're at the 200-pound mark, that's a loss of just 10 pounds... or what you can drop on two months of modest dieting.

And if you can keep the weight off, after three years your risk of this cancer will drop to the same as that of women who were never obese.

I can't emphasize how important this is -- because that extra weight isn't just a risk factor for getting the disease.

It could also increase your chances of dying from it.

While the death rates of many cancers are dropping, endometrial cancer is headed in the wrong direction. Deaths are up a stunning 25 percent over five years.

Don't wait until it's too late. Get started now -- and in just two months, your risk of this disease will plunge.

For one-on-one help, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in the San Diego area.

Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.