Duration of obesity 'can increase cancer risk in women'

17 August 2016

The longer women suffer from excess weight or obesity, the more likely they are to develop cancer, according to new research.

Conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon and the University of California, Irvine, the study examined the duration of high body mass index and the risk of developing several types of cancer by analysing data for around 74,000 women.

Every ten-year increase in adulthood overweight duration was shown to be associated with a seven per cent increase in the risk of all obesity-related cancers, as well as a five per cent rise in the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, and a 17 per cent increase in endometrial cancer prevalence.

Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that the duration of obesity needs to be considered as a possible cancer risk factor.

The author stated: "If this is true, healthcare teams should recognise the potential of obesity management in cancer prevention, and that excess body weight in women is important to manage regardless of the age of the patient."

Currently, it is estimated that one in every four adults in the UK is obese, a proportion that is expected to rise over the coming years.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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