Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer

Doctor measuring obese man waist body fat. Obesity and weight loss.Obesity or being overweight has been linked to major metabolic and hormone abnormalities as well as chronic inflammation. These are factors that may trigger cancer.

Key takeaways:

  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer reveals that being overweight or obese increases the risk for at least 13 types of cancer.
  • Obesity now replaces smoking as the top environmental factor that raises the risk of cancer.
  • The types of cancers linked to being overweight or obese include: colorectal cancer, liver cancer, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, gallbladder cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, meningioma, breast cancer in postmenopausal women, and multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.

According to the chairman of the working group, Dr. Graham Colditz, a professor of medicine and surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, these 13 cancers together account for 42 percent of all new cancer diagnoses.

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