Get moving to prevent this cancer

It's one of the most common cancers in older women -- a cancer that claims thousands of lives a year in the United States alone.

It's endometrial cancer, or a cancer that strikes in the lining of the uterus.

But getting this cancer isn't just a matter of bad genes or bad luck, and it's not just a matter of age.

Some of the biggest risk factors are completely within your control -- and if you take action right now with some simple ways to prevent cancer, you can cut your risk of getting the disease by more than half.

All you have to do is get moving, and keep your waistline in check.

Yes... the stuff you should be doing anyway, because regular exercise and a healthy BMI are two ways to prevent cancer and cut your risk of endometrial cancer by an incredible 59 percent, according to the new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund International.

If you've been less than active for a while that may sound a little intimidating, but it doesn't take much to get started -- and it doesn't take much to slash your cancer risk either.

The study says you just need 30 minutes a day. That's about the length of the average and completely forgettable TV sitcom -- but spending that time moving around instead of sitting in front of the tube in one of the best ways to prevent cancer, you could help make sure you're not one of the 50,000 American women diagnosed with the disease, or one of the 8,000 American women killed by it each year.

If you're not at a healthy weight -- yet -- then those same 30 minutes of exercise a day can help bring you there. And along with slashing your risk of this deadly cancer, maintaining a healthy weight and getting a little regular movement can also protect against other cancers as well as diabetes, heart disease, dementia and more.

Remember, it's never too late to get started on healthy habits and ways to prevent cancer. No matter how long it's been... no matter how far you've let yourself go... you can always get back on track.

But it's not going to happen by itself -- you have to take that first step.