40 percent of cancer diagnoses associated with obesity, overweight: CDC says

by Jared Lewis October 6, 2017, 0:10
40 percent of cancer diagnoses associated with obesity, overweight: CDC says

They estimate that 10% of advanced prostate cancers in the United Kingdom - those that can kill - could be prevented if men kept to a healthy weight.

According to the report, more than half of Americans don't know that being overweight or obese increases their risk for cancer.

The CDC now running more than four programs to prevention and treatment of cancer linked to obesity. In addition, cancers not associated with obesity decreased 13%.

The trends we are reporting today are concerning - Schuchat said. Other cancers strongly associated with being overweight include postmenopausal breast, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus, colon and rectum.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report with some startling statistics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday that overweight and obesity have been linked to increased risk of 13 different types of cancers, which account for some 40 percent of cancer diagnoses nationwide.

The rate of cancer cases has decreased since the 1990s, but weight-related cancer cases have increased significantly. They do point out, however, that their report only tracked diagnosis of obesity-related cancers; it did not estimate how many of those specific cases were actually attributable to being overweight or obese.

Aside from colorectal cancer, the rates of cancer associated with obesity rose by 7% between 2005 and 2014, whereas the rates of cancers not associated with obesity fell by 13%. "Inflammation, over time, can lead to tissue damage and subsequent change that perhaps could lead to additional events that could lead to cancer". According to the CDC, two out of three adults in the US were overweight in 2014.

Non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites had higher incidence rates compared with other racial and ethnic groups.

Black men and American Indian/Alaska Native men had higher rates of cancer than white men. "There are many good reasons to strive for a healthy weight".

The new report was published online October 3 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "Cancer is an interplay between the environment and one's genetic makeup". And researchers can't say for sure whether having too much fat actually causes the cancer.

The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that "20 percent of all cancers in the United States are caused by a combination of excess body weight, physical inactivity, excess alcohol, and poor nutrition". In case of women, one in five women is now overweight.


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