Where body fat is carried can predict cancer risk 

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Where body fat is carried can predict cancer risk 

Scientists have found that carrying fat around your middle could be as good an indicator of cancer risk as body mass index (BMI).

Scientists have found that carrying fat around your middle could be as good an indicator of cancer risk as body mass index (BMI), according to research published in the British Journal of Cancertoday (Wednesday).

It shows that adding about 11cm to the waistline increased the risk of obesity related cancers by 13 per cent.

For bowel cancer, adding around 8 cm to the hips is linked to an increased risk of 15 per cent.

Carrying excess body fat can change the levels of sex hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone, can cause levels of insulin to rise, and lead to inflammation, all of which are factors that have been associated with increased cancer risk.

This is the first study comparing adult body measurements in such a standardised way for obesity-related cancers.

Read full article: Where body fat is carried can predict cancer risk | Cancer Research UK

Read Full Article: Where body fat is carried can predict cancer risk | Cancer Research UK

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