The second biggest preventable cause of cancer: being overweight

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The second biggest preventable cause of cancer: being overweight

Being overweight increases the risk of cancer.

While most people are aware of the biggest cause of cancer – smoking – many are unaware of the second biggest: being overweight or obese.

In fact, three in four people aren’t aware that obesity causes cancer.

The evidence linking bodyweight and cancer has been building for decades, with new evidence still emerging.

Only a few months ago the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a report saying there is now strong evidence linking bodyweight to even more cancer types than was previously thought. Bringing the total tally to 13 types of cancer.

It’s important to remember that although cancer risk is increased in people who are overweight, this doesn’t mean they’ll definitely develop cancer. Cancer risk is affected by many different factors – including whether you smoke, how much alcohol you drink, and your genes.

So where does this evidence come from, and just how does what someone weighs affect their risk of cancer?

Read Full Article: The second biggest preventable cause of cancer: being overweight – Cancer Research UK – Science blog

Read Full Article: The second biggest preventable cause of cancer: being overweight – Cancer Research UK – Science blog

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