A new government report finds that overweight- and obesity-related cancers account for approximately 40 percent of all cancers in the US and the incidence of almost all obesity-related cancers is rising. The report, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suggest a troubling trend that mirrors the increasing US obesity rates in recent decades.
AICR research shows that overweight and obesity is a cause of many common cancers.
“We know that obesity has increased, now we are seeing an increase in cancers that are associated with obesity – and a decline in those not associated with obesity,” said Nigel Brockton, PhD, AICR’s Director of Research.
Aside from not smoking, staying a healthy weight throughout life is the single most important lifestyle step to protect against cancer risk. AICR estimates that if all adults in the US were a healthy weight, it could prevent approximately 132,800 new cases of cancer each year.
Yesterday we released our new report on colorectal cancer and there were some exciting findings you may have heard. Whole grains and exercise were found to lower risk of this cancer; processed meat and obesity increase the findings. findings show there are many daily steps individuals can do to protect against cancer.