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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

40 percent of US cancers linked to excess weight

About 40 percent of all cancers in the United States -- more than 630,000 in all -- are associated with excess weight, health officials said Tuesday, urging a renewed focus on prevention.

In a nation where 71 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, the findings by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "are a cause for concern," said the agency's director Brenda Fitzgerald.

"A majority of American adults weigh more than recommended -– and being overweight or obese puts people at higher risk for a number of cancers," she said in a statement.

"By getting to and keeping a healthy weight, we all can play a role in cancer prevention."

Carrying excess weight has been shown to boost the risk of 13 types of tumors, including cancers of the esophagus, thyroid, postmenopausal breast, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus, colon and rectum.

The rates of these overweight- and obesity-related cancers are rising, in contrast to the overall rate of new cancer cases which has dropped since the 1990s.

Colorectal cancer was the only weight-associated cancer that decreased from 2005-2014 -- falling 23 percent, due in large part to screening, said the report.

All other cancers linked to weight rose seven percent in that decade.



lmclain said...


It MAY be weight, but the explosion of cancers in the last 40 years is because of CHEMICALS.
In the food. in the water. In the air. On our clothes.

Every year, they RAISE the "tolerable" levels.

And do their best to hide the poisons.

Anonymous said...

2:26...Thank you for straightening this out. When I found out I had cancer I was very thin and fit. Now all people see is the results of cancer chemicals and steroids they keep cancer patients on. So I am now fat when I was never fat before in my life. I keep quiet because of the false assumptions. I know that fat people have more health problems but I have learned that even physically aware people can come down with cancer. Like in most is best to know the situation instead of jumping to a conclusion in every case.

Anonymous said...

@11:17 you just remember this the whole weight thing is an absolute hoax, a real man likes a little meat with his potatoes. As a cancer survivor myself pray all is well with you