New Research Links Obesity to 13 Cancers

The news is daunting. The latest findings of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a group of global cancer experts that analyzes the risk factors for cancer — show that the number of cancers linked to obesity has almost tripled since IARC’s last review was published in 2002.

Plenty of Americans would admit that they could lose a few pounds. But how do you determine if you are overweight or obese? Obesity isn’t something you can overcome through sheer willpower. It’s a chronic disease of abnormal energy storage. To detect obesity and other weight classifications, doctors and nutritionists use body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight.

Obesity-related cancers

Strong evidence has already made the connection between obesity and five cancers:

  • Esophagus cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Breast cancer in postmenopausal women
  • Uterine cancer
  • Kidney cancer

The results from the latest IARC review show that eight more cancers are now linked to being overweight or obese, bringing the total to 13:

  • Gastric cardia, a form of stomach cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Meningioma, usually a benign type of brain tumor
  • Multiple myeloma, a blood cancer

Obesity can increase cancer risk

Studies show that obesity can influence significant cell abnormalities and chronic inflammation –– factors that may help explain its link to cancer. Weight fluctuations throughout your life may also affect your risk for cancer. The key to managing your risk is to:

  • Avoid gaining weight as you age
  • Avoid losing and gaining weight frequently

Both are easier said than done for most people, which is why there are specialized programs to help you lose weight and live a healthier life.

At the Hernreid Medical Weight Loss Center, our board-certified physicians have helped thousands of people in the Sacramento area lose weight and keep it off. Our scientific and permanent weight loss solutions, such as the Two-Step Program, were created with great care and compassion by obesity treatment expert and Medical Director Dr. John Hernreid.

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