Obesity is the new Smoking. 13 Cancer types linked to obesity.

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). NormalAppImage(1)


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