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Obesity is risk factor for 13 cancers

Post by on Monday, October 4, 2021

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You may be surprised to learn that being overweight or having obesity are linked with a higher risk of getting 13 types of cancer and these cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States each year. Many things both genetic and environmental are associated with cancer risk, but avoiding tobacco use and keeping a healthy weight are two of the most important steps to lower risk of getting cancer. Body mass index (BMI) is used as a screening tool for overweight and obesity. For adults, a person with a BMI from 25.0 to 29.9 is considered overweight. A person with a BMI that is 30.0 or higher has obesity. For children and teens, BMI is calculated the same way, but interpreted in a different way. BMI for children is often compared to the average BMI of other children in the same age group. 
Following are the 13 types of cancers for which obesity is risk factor
Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus
Breast (in women who have gone through menopause)
Colon and rectum
Upper stomach
Meningioma (a type of brain cancer)
Multiple myeloma
Dr Suhail Naik
Lecturer Pediatrics G B pant GMC

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