The Link Between Obesity and Cancer

By First Posted: Aug 24, 2020 Mon 8:48 PM
 
The Link Between Obesity and Cancer
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The connection between obesity and cancer risk is unblemished. Investigation shows that excess body fat increases your risk for several cancers, including colorectal, post-menopausal breast, uterine, esophageal, kidney and pancreatic cancers.

Obesity is linked with an increased risk of developing multiple types of cancer. It is projected that up to 20% of all cancers are caused by obesity. In the past 30 years, there have been hundreds of epidemiologic studies that have examined the relationship between obesity and cancer risk. In 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that obesity was allied with an increased risk of 13 types of cancer, including breast (post-menopausal), colorectal, endometrial, esophageal (adenocarcinoma), gall bladder, gastric cardia, kidney (renal cell), liver, meningioma, multiple myeloma, ovary, pancreas, and thyroid. Evidence also suggests that weight gain during adulthood is associated with an elevated risk of developing post-menopausal breast, colorectal, endometrial, kidney, and high-risk or fatal prostate cancers when compared with adults whose weight remains stable.

Obese people often have chronic low-level inflammation, which can, over time, cause DNA damage that leads to cancer. Overweight and obese individuals are more probable than normal-weight individuals to have conditions or disorders that are linked to or that cause chronic local inflammation and that are risk factors for certain cancers.

So, it is time that you start exercising and burn the extra fat to lose weight and avert any risk of getting cancer.

 

 
 
 
 
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