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Lifetime weight gain linked to oesophageal and stomach cancers

People who are overweight in early adulthood and become obese in later life are three times more likely to develop cancer of the oesophagus or upper stomach, new study results suggest. 
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People who are overweight in early adulthood and become obese in later life are three times more likely to develop cancer of the oesophagus or upper stomach, new study results suggest.

Researchers in the US looked at data from more than 400,000 people, analysing their reported height and weight at ages 20 and 50 and at the start of the study. Participants were then followed up on to see who developed oesophageal or stomach cancer.

The study authors found that those who first reported being overweight at the age of 20 were 62%-76% more likely to develop these cancers in later life, compared to those who maintained a healthy weight throughout life.

Twice as likely

The study also

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