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The Evidence is "Strong:" Obesity Linked to 11 Cancers

Date Posted March 5th, 2017
The Evidence is

Yet another reason to manage your weight.  According to a recent study published online in the British Medical Journal, there is "strong" evidence linking obesity to 11 different types of cancer.  

The new study, known as an “umbrella review,” looked at 95 previously published systemic reviews of existing scientific studies and found that excess body fat increases the risk of most cancers of the gastro-intestinal (digestive) tract as well as endometrial and post-menopausal breast cancers in women. 

These findings agree with those of a report last year from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  In addition, however, to digestive, endometrial, and breast cancers, the IARC also found an association between obesity and ovarian, liver, and thyroid cancers. 

So “strong,” in fact, is the evidence that lead authors write:

The unavoidable conclusion from these data is that preventing excess adult weight gain can reduce the risk of cancer." 

They go on to say that obesity is potentially the second most important modifiable risk factor for cancer after smoking tobacco. 

Moreover, clinicians "can be a powerful force to lower the burden of obesity related cancers," given their role in obesity screening, prevention, and medical weight loss treatment. 

Because we here at Health Remedies treat the whole person, we have gotten more and more serious about helping people manage their weight. As such, we offer many weight loss/weight management strategies you can adopt to lose weight, reduce your risk for cancer, and improve your general health.  We invite you to explore our many weight loss products and programs including our new phenomenally successful Countdown Diet

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Source

'Strong Evidence': Obesity Tied to 11 Cancers. Medscape. Feb 28, 2017.


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