Strong evidence was already available to link five cancers to being overweight or obese:
- adenocarcinoma of the esophagus
- colorectal cancer
- breast cancer in postmenopausal women
- uterine cancer
- Kidney cancer
This new review, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, links an additional eight cancers to excess fat:
- gastric cardia ( a cancer of the part of the stomach closest to the esophagus )
- liver cancer
- gallbladder cancer
- pancreatic cancer
- thyroid cancer
- ovarian cancer
- meningioma ( a usually benign type of brain cancer )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.
Action: Develop a plan and set a goal of getting your BMI with normal range, that is 18.5 to 24.9. If you are a body type that is athletic and therefore more muscle your BMI may be higher but then use body % fat as a guide to keeping your risk of cancer lower compared to obese (high body fat % individuals).