Strong evidence to support association between obesity and certain types of cancer
A large review lead by researchers at Imperial College London has discovered ‘strong evidence’ to support the association between obesity and some major types of cancer, mainly those related to digestive organs and hormone-related malignancies.
After a literature search, the researchers identified 204 studies from 49 publications that analysed obesity measurements, such as body mass index (BMI), weight gain and waist circumference, and 36 cancers and their subtypes.
Strong associations were found in studies that examined BMI with risk of oesophageal, bone marrow, colon and rectal cancer in men, biliary tract system, pancreatic, and endometrial cancer in premenopausal women, and kidney cancers.
Finer high-risk selection
For every 5kg increase in BMI, the researchers found that the risk of developing cancer ranged from 9%...
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