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Obesity could become top cancer cause

September 25, 2009

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— Being fat could become the leading cause of cancer in women in Western countries in the coming years, European researchers said Thursday.

Being overweight or obese accounts for up to 8 percent of cancers in Europe. Experts said that figure is poised to increase substantially as the obesity epidemic continues, and as major causes of cancer, such as smoking and hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women, drop dramatically.

“Obesity is catching up at a rate that makes it possible it could become the biggest attributable cause of cancer in women within the next decade,” said Andrew Renehan, a cancer expert at the University of Manchester.

Renehan presented his findings to a joint meeting of the European Cancer Organisation and the European Society for Medical Oncology in Berlin on Thursday.

Renehan and colleagues designed a model to estimate the number of cancers that could be blamed on being fat in 30 European countries. In 2002, they calculated that 70,000 cases of cancer out of about 2 million cancer cases were attributable to being overweight or obese. By 2008, the number had jumped to at least 124,000.

Colorectal cancer, breast cancer in menopausal women and endometrial cancer accounted for 65 percent of all cancers linked to being fat. Renehan said that in the U.S., some studies found obesity was responsible for up to 20 percent of cancers.

Scientists aren’t sure why being fat boosts your cancer risk but suspect it is connected to hormones.

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audball 4 years, 6 months ago

Sometimes cynicism goes too far. Perhaps if todays insurance companies would help cover the costs of weight loss programs, and thus lessen the probability of future health problems caused by excess weight, the future of America's health wouldn't look so bleak. I'm NOT in favor of a government health program. I'm unable to trust the government that far. I think the insurance we have (for those of us fortunate enough to have insurance), should be more PROactive in disease prevention. Obesity is becoming more and more prevalent, and the health issues related to it-joint and bone issues, digestive issues, circulatory issues, CANCER, etc., could be lessened if insurance would help with the treatment of obesity. They'll pay to correct the after effects of obesity, but not the obesity itself. But the absolute stupidity in saying an overweight person would deliberately choose not to take care of their health, or hopefully improve it, because they have free(?) government health care truely makes me PITY you and your damaged thought processes.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 6 months ago

Adding to these cancer rates, "free" government health care would provide a huge incentive for the already-overweight to forego weight loss, healthy eating and exercise in favor of a lifestyle that is based on irresponsibility. After all, why get in shape when our nanny-state government promises you cradle-to-grave health care?

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