09.11.134:19 PM ET

Now Cookies May Cause Cancer?!

Study of endometrial cancer says sweets raise risk, coffee lowers it.

If you give a woman a cookie, are you raising her risk of developing endometrial cancer? According to a new study, sweet and starchy foods can increase the cancer’s rates—but eight studies showed that coffee can actually protect against it. Overall, researchers found a strong link between obesity and rates of endometrial cancer. “Women who are obese have two to three times the rate of endometrial cancer,” says Dr. Elisa Bandera of Rutgers University, one of the lead researchers of the study. Endometrial cancer affects about 50,000 women in the U.S. per year.