Eight more cancer types linked to excess weight

25 August 2016

A new study has identified a link between excess weight and eight additional cancer types, many of which are not commonly thought of as being associated with obesity.

The Washington University School of Medicine research reviewed more than 1,000 existing studies of excess weight and cancer risk analysed by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Cancer on Research.

It was shown that cancers of the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, ovary and thyroid all have associations with excess weight, as well as meningioma - a type of brain tumour - and the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

For most of these cancers a positive dose-response relationship was observed, meaning the risk increases according to weight. These dangers were similar for men and women and consistent across geographic regions.

Dr Graham Colditz, a cancer prevention expert at Washington University School of Medicine, said: "Many of the newly identified cancers linked to excess weight haven't been on people's radar screens as having a weight component."

Cancers of the colon, oesophagus, kidney, breast and uterus have all also been linked to excess weight in the past.

Posted by Edward Bartel


Health News is provided by Axonn Media in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Axonn Media and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...



© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)