New state rankings for adult obesity leveling but still high, placing many at increased cancer risk

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A new report out today shows US adult obesity rates leveling off, yet still at least one of every four adults has obesity in almost every state. That’s a big deal for cancer risk because AICR research links obesity to eleven cancers. Aside from not smoking, getting to and staying a healthy weight is the single biggest change people can do to lower their cancer risk.

The new findings are from the 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America and the positive news is that obesity rates appear to be stabilizing overall. That’s a marked change from the steady growth throughout the 2000s. Last year was the first time the annual report found declines in adult obesity rates and, overtime, growth has started to slow. Read more… “New state rankings for adult obesity leveling but still high, placing many at increased cancer risk”

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    High Doses of B Supplements Increase Lung Cancer Risk in Men

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    A new study out this week suggests that men who take high amounts of vitamin B6 or B12 supplements for a long period of time may increase their lung cancer risk about two-fold compared to men who don’t take these supplements. Risk increases even more among men who smoke.

    The study was published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It adds to a body of research on supplements and cancer risk.

    AICR analysis of the global evidence has led to recommending that you not rely on supplements for cancer protection.

    Read more… “High Doses of B Supplements Increase Lung Cancer Risk in Men”

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      Prevent Cancer, Prevent $158 Billion in Healthcare Costs

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      Based on the growth and aging of the U.S. population, medical expenditures for cancer treatment and care in the year 2020 are projected to reach at least $158 BILLION – an increase of 27% over 2010, according to a National Institutes of Health analysis.

      This number could jump to $207 BILLION with the development of more expensive treatments options and diagnostic tools.

      According to the World Health Organization, prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer.

      Millions of Americans do not realize the everyday choices that impact their cancer risk. One in two Americans are now overweight or obese; but only half understand that this places them at increased risk for many cancers. 

      Source: Projections of the Cost of Cancer Care in the US. Jan 19, 2011, JNCI.

      Read more… “Prevent Cancer, Prevent $158 Billion in Healthcare Costs”

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