Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer 

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Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer 

Being overweight increases the risk of several cancers, including uterine and ovarian cancers and some cancers of the breast, pancreas, liver, esophagus and kidney.

A review of more than a thousand studies has found solid evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk for at least 13 types of cancer. The study was conducted by a working group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization.

Strong evidence was already available to link five cancers to being overweight or obese: adenocarcinoma of the esophagus; colorectal cancer; breast cancer in postmenopausal women; and uterine and kidney cancers.

This new review, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, links an additional eight cancers to excess fat: gastric cardia, a cancer of the part of the stomach closest to the esophagus; liver cancer; gallbladder cancer; pancreatic cancer; thyroid cancer; ovarian cancer; meningioma, a usually benign type of brain tumor; and multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.

According to the chairman of the working group, Dr. Graham Colditz, a professor of medicine and surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, these 13 cancers together account for 42 percent of all new cancer diagnoses.

Read Full Article: Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer – The New York Times

Read Full Article: Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer – The New York Times

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