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Overweight & Obesity Has Been Linked to Around 40% of Cancers Worldwide

There are several health issues due to obesity or being overweight. In a recent study, it was revealed that being overweight or obese also increased the risks of developing cancers by around 40 percent. Overweight and obesity have been linked with increasing the risks of developing around 13 types of cancers –accounting for around 40 [...]

There are several health issues due to obesity or being overweight. In a recent study, it was revealed that being overweight or obese also increased the risks of developing cancers by around 40 percent. Overweight and obesity have been linked with increasing the risks of developing around 13 types of cancers –accounting for around 40 percent of the cancer diagnosis across the world.

As per the reports of the study, it was found that between the time of 2005 & 2014, the overall rate of obesity-related causes of cancer –excluding colorectal cancer, has increased by as much as 7 percent. At the same time, over the same course of the period, the cases of non-obesity-related cancers have decreased significantly.

The team of researchers examined the data set from the United States Cancer Statistics –including data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, & End Results and the National Program of Cancer. The researchers came up with the result that around 631,604 people had been diagnosed with cancer due to overweight or obesity issues. The effect of obesity had been found more significant in people belonging to the age group of above 50 years in comparison to the younger people.

At the same time, women were more likely to have obesity-related cancer cases. One of the major contributing factors for the difference that existed between men & women was women-specific cancer including postmenopausal cancers, endometrial cancers, ovarian, and breast cancers –accounting for around 42 percent of obesity-related and overweight cancers.

The CDC Director in a statement said that a majority of the adults in America tend to weight more than recommended. As such, being obese or overweight increased the overall risks of developing cancer. As such, prevention could be achieved only by putting a check on the body weight.

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