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Excess Weight and Cancer Risk

Posted 8/18/2014

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  I owe you an entry from my computer-glitch-week-end (hopefully now fixed with the remarkably good help from one of out IT people). This is an article from MedPage about excess weight and increased cancer risk. Not too surprisingly, the risk holds for a number of kinds of cancer, not just breast cancer. And, as you know, there are worries that extra weight increases the recurrence risk of breast cancer, not just the risk of developing it in the first place.

  Weight is such a difficult subject because most of us struggle with it to a greater or lesser degree. I am pretty comfortable with the reality that my weight is what it is, that I am never going to be willing to starve myself to the necessary degree to lose the five extra pounds that I gained ten years ago when my second breast cancer was diagnosed and treated. If I can hold it stable, that has to be good enough. I know how fortunate I am that I am miffed about five pounds; many women worry about many more pounds than that and have an equally tough time trying to lost weight.

  So, what should we do? You know the routine: fewer calories in, and more calories out.

  Here is the start of the article and a link to read more:

Excess Weight May Fuel Many Cancer Types
By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Increasing body size had significant
associations with 10 common types of
cancer, a study involving more than 5
million people showed.
Overall, body mass index (BMI) had
linear associations with the risk of
uterine, gallbladder, kidney, cervical, and
thyroid cancer, as well as leukemia. The
magnitude of excess risk associated with
increasing BMI ranged from 9% to 62%.
BMI had lesser but still positive
associations with liver, colon, ovarian,
and postmenopausal breast cancer,
British investigators reported online in
The Lancet.


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