Obesity increases your risk of at least 17 cancers - Part Two

Many people are aware that being overweight or obese is directly linked to heart disease risk. Many are not aware of the dramatic risk in cancer.

“It’s clear that carrying excess weight increases your risk of developing cancer. Keeping a healthy weight reduces cancer risk, and the best way to do this is through eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly”
Tom Stansfeld, health information officer at Cancer Research UK, August 2014.

The cancers that are now officially linked to obesity are:

  1. Bowel
  2. Breast
  3. Liver
  4. Kidney
  5. Womb
  6. Colon
  7. Cervical
  8. Brain
  9. Thyroid
  10. Ovarian
  11. Leukaemia
  12. Uterine
  13. Oesophageal
  14. Pancreatic
  15. Gallbladder
  16. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  17. Multiple Myeloma 

Study by Bhaskaran K, et al. (2014) “Body-mass index and risk of 22 specific cancers: a population-based cohort study of 5·24 million UK adults” from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as published in The Lancet, DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60892-8.



Posted: Tuesday 19 August 2014