When Does Obesity Become A Risk for Cancer?

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Obesity across the globe is a general health problem. It does not only affect the adult population but as well those individuals who belong to the younger generation. Many researchers were already established regarding the major health fall backs of obesity linking it to the increase risk of development of other diseases. But despite this evidences, still popping of many individuals who are obese continue to increase. Today, more evidences are pointing out that obesity can heighten the risk for having colon cancer, most especially among women, according to a European study.

According to the National Cancer Institute, a subsidiary agency of the NIH, “in 2002, about 41,000 new cases of cancer in the United States were estimated to be due to obesity. This means that about 3.2 percent of all new cancers are linked to obesity. A recent report estimated that, in the United States, 14 percent of deaths from cancer in men and 20 percent of deaths in women were due to overweight and obesity.”

Experts say that the main solution to decrease the health risk posted by obesity is simple – it is exercise. There are already studies which recommend regular physical exercises should be done everyday. These exercises can be just as simple as brisk walking or biking. The important thing is to burn excess calories and fats which are the cause of enlarged bellies and heavy weights.

The new study which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, involves the analysis and examination of data gathered from about more than 120,000 adults residing in Netherlands who belong to the age group of 55 to 69. The researchers followed the study participants for about 16 years.

The researchers found out that among the study participants who were followed, significant higher risk of developing colorectal cancer and other tumors of the colon were posts among those individuals who are obese and overweight. About 25 per cent higher risk was reported as compared to those adult men who have normal weight. That is a part of the general 2 per cent of study participants who developed and were diagnosed to have colorectal cancer during the follow up period.

Also, the researchers also claimed that the new evidences from the study reveals that excess body fat for those who are obese and overweight can actually increase the risk for developing colon cancer. The risk is even higher for the males who have bigger and enlarged bellies. These males have about 63 per cent of heightened risk. In addition, for those females who have bigger bellies and have lesser amount of exercise have 83 per cent of higher risk for developing colon cancer.

Moreover, lead researcher Laura Hughes, at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, suggest that a healthier lifestyle combined with proper exercise is an important thing in order to decrease the risk of developing not only colon cancer, but also other lifestyle-related health problems.




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