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What Does Clinical Obesity Have to Do with Cancer?


IP Blog | Dave Melin | February 3, 2014

BioBlogWeeklyThis week in healthcare, we explore news and research related to the link between obesity and cancer.

ASCO to Focus New Efforts on Cancer and Obesity

In a recent announcement, ASCO said that they would be focusing increased attention and effort towards expanding awareness of the link between obesity and cancer risk. They also noted a prediction that “by 2030, more than 400,000 annual new obesity-related cancer cases are projected.”

The obesity-cancer connection, and what we can do about it

The American Cancer Society shares research about the link between obesity and cancer and offers suggestions for ways to minimize the risk. They also suggest policies that could help to change our national culture to be healthier.

Cancer and Obesity

According to the Obesity Society, while some cancers appear to have higher incidence among heavier individuals, obesity seems to offer “modest protection” against other cancers.

Obesity linked to breast cancer cell growth and tumor size

According to a 2013 study published in Breast Cancer Research journal, a woman’s obesity status, especially in the abdominal area, may affect the rate and size of tumor growth in breast cancer patients.

Obesity and Cancer Risk

The National Cancer Institute provides a thorough overview of what is known about the link between obesity and cancer. Also included are links to many recent and ongoing NCI studies related to obesity and various cancer types.

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