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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

People Who Are Overweight Are More Likely To Get Cancer

People Who Are Overweight Are More Likely To Get Cancer
It's no secret that obesity is a real problem in America and other countries. In fact, about a third of the global population is overweight or obese, and according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, obesity increases cancer rates.

Dr. Joseph Mercola is a private practice physician based in the Chicago area who began a web site in 1997 to share medical news, advice and practical health solutions. In one of his recent articles, he states that obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer cases worldwide each year.

Who is at greatest risk?

Women are twice as likely to get obesity-related cancer than men. In 2012, obesity was linked to 5.4 percent of all new cancers in women around the world, compared to 1.9 percent in men in the same year. The rate of obesity-related cancer among women in developed countries such as the U.S. is also higher than the rate of obesity-related cancer among women in developing countries. Why?

There is far more processed food eaten in developed countries than there is in developing countries. Processed means using chemicals which are often cancer-causing. The result is that 8 percent of all cancers in women in developed nations is related to obesity, compared to just 1.5 percent among women in developing countries.

Cancer concern for the future

Obesity in the world has doubled since 1980. If obesity continues, it seems inevitable that obesity-related cancer will also increase. According to lead author Dr. Melina Arnold of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, "Our findings add support for a global effort to address the rising trends in obesity. If this trend continues, it will certainly boost the future burden of cancer."

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