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Obesity sparks 8 more types of cancer: Study

August 26, 2016 06:20 AM

COURSTEYAug 26 2016 : The Times of India (Mumbai)
Obesity sparks 8 more types of cancer: Study
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Being obese or overweight may lead to eight more types of cancer than previously thought, new research has warned.
The eight additional types of cancer identified are -stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary , meningioma (a type of brain tumour), thyroid cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

The findings are based on a review of more than 1,000 studies of excess weight and cancer risk analysed by WHO's International Agency for Cancer on Research. “Many of the newly identified cancers have not been on people's radar screens as having a weight component,“ said Graham Colditz.

“Lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising, in addition to not smoking, can have a significant impact on reducing cancer risk,“ Colditz said. “But losing weight is hard for many people. Rather than getting discouraged, those struggling to take off weight could instead focus on avoiding more weight gain,“ said Colditz.

 

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