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Obesity and Cancer

Obesity is common

     The prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of US adults in 2015~2016.  (CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Obesity is getting worse

  • Worldwide the rate of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, with just over 200 million adult men and just under 300 million adult women obese...

  • Obesity rates have been steadily rising in children, too: In 2010, 43 million preschool children were overweight or obese, a 60 percent increase since 1990.

Obesity is linked to almost all type of GI Cancers

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Being overweight or obese is also clearly linked with an increased risk of many types of cancer, including:

  • Colon and rectum

  • Esophagus

  • Pancreas

  • Non GI- Breast (in women past menopause), Endometrium (lining of the uterus), Kidney

Being overweight or obese might also raise the risk of other cancers, such as:

  • Gallbladder

  • Liver

  • Non GI- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

  • Multiple myeloma, Cervix, Ovary, Aggressive forms of prostate cancer

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What should be done?


Don't Delay Cancer Screening


Weight loss for your Health

People who are overweight or obese should be encouraged and supported if they try to lose weight. Aside from possibly reducing cancer risk, losing weight can have many other health benefits, such as lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight has health benefits and is a good place to start.

Questions? Please Contact Dr. Zheng for a Consultation


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Cancers Associated with Overweight and Obesity Make up 40 percent of Cancers Diagnosed in the United States

More than 630,000 in the U.S. affected

Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk of 13 types of cancer. These cancers account for about 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States in 2014, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Does body weight affect cancer risk?

Being overweight or obese is clearly linked to an overall increased risk of cancer. According to research from the American Cancer Society, excess body weight is thought to be responsible for about 8% of all cancers in the United States, as well as about 7% of all cancer deaths.

Obesity, Weight, and Cancer Risk

More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight and obese, making this an important topic for people living with cancer.

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