Obesity’s Relationship to Cancer

Only 31% of Americans realize that obesity is a risk factor for cancer, according to an American Society of Clinical Oncology survey. But in a 2016 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, being overweight or obese upped the probability for the following type, which make up 42 percent of all cancer diagnoses:

. Breast

. Colorectal

. Esophageal

. Gallbladder

. Kidney

. Liver

. Meningioma

. Multiple Myeloma

. Ovarian

. Pancreatic

. Stomach

. Thyroid

. Uterine

While the exact reason and mechanics still escape professionals, what is known is that excess weight plays with various hormones, such as estrogen and insulin, which are likely to be the key. Increasing body fat also promotes tissue inflammation. Just losing 5 to 10 lbs. can make the difference yet finding and maintaining your ideal body weight is the best.