Ex­cess weight con­trib­utes to more than 7 per cent of can­cers

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More than 7 per cent of can­cer cases in the U.S. are at­trib­ut­able to ex­cess body weight, a study re­ports. Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have es­tab­lished an as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween body fat and at least a dozen can­cers, with the high­est risks for liver, uter­ine and esophageal can­cers. The re­port, in JAMA On­col­ogy, found that from 2011 to 2015, among peo­ple 30 and older, 4.7 per cent of can­cers in men and 9.6 per cent of those in women were at­trib­ut­able to ex­cess weight — some 37,670 can­cers in men, and 74,690 in women ev­ery year. The high­est rates of weight-as­so­ci­ated can­cer are in the South, the Mid­west, Alaska and Wash­ing­ton D.C.; the low­est were in the Moun­tain States, New Eng­land and Hawaii. More than 8 per cent of can­cers in Texas and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., are as­so­ci­ated with body fat­ness. Re­searcher Farhad Is­lami said the fat-at­trib­ut­able por­tion of can­cer cases will likely in­crease in fu­ture due to ris­ing obe­sity.

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