A New Survey Highlights Oncologists’ Perspectives and Practices with Regard to Obesity in Cancer Care

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A new study shows that although oncologists are very aware of the link between obesity and cancer, they often do not refer patients to weight management interventions. These findings result from a survey on the perceptions and practice behaviors of oncologists with regard to diet, physical activity, and weight management in people with cancer – during and after active treatment. The results of the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Oncology Workforce survey are published in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) and were first presented at the recent American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) 2019 Research Conference.

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Why You Should Attend AICR’s 2019 Research Conference

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The pace of research on how lifestyle affects cancer risk and outcomes is moving faster than ever. The AICR conference is the only scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to addressing the impact of the full range of modifiable lifestyle exposures on cancer risk and outcomes.

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Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer: Are We Missing Key Clues?

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A new analysis, published in the Lancet Public Health, reporting the significant increase in obesity-related cancers among younger adults in the U.S. grabbed media headlines because the findings are worrisome in the context of the rising trend of obesity, particularly childhood obesity, in the United States. The researchers noted that the increased rates were particularly apparent in six of the 12 obesity-related cancer types in patients aged 25-49 years. Colorectal cancer is one of the obesity-related cancers and the increasing rates of colorectal cancer in younger adults has already been causing alarm and has prompted physicians and researchers to investigate the potential causes for this early-onset disease over the past decade.

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