Do You Know of the Connection Between Obesity and Cancer Risk?



I just read a provocative headline from Cancer Research UK: Three in four folks in the United Kingdom don’t know obesity causes cancer. Looking by cancer type, 69 percent did not know that there is a connection between obesity and breast cancer, 53 percent did not link pancreas cancer with being overweight, and 40 percent didn’t connect obesity and bowel cancer.

My Take: After smoking, being overweight or obese is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer. Being overweight or obese has been associated with at least ten cancer types, including breast bowel, uterus, and esophagus cancer. For most of us, cancer is not at the front of our minds when thinking about obesity, and I think we need to do a better job of educating the public. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter.



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Harvard AB Yale MD UPenn Radiation Oncology Radiation Oncologist, Seattle area

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