The Cancer and Obesity Link
Here’s another reason
to reach or maintain a
healthy weight. Overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk of 13 types of cancer according to a recent report by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
The cancers are identified
as esophageal, colorectal,
s t o m a c h , k i d n e y, l i v e r, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid,
postmenopausal breast cancers, meningioma and multiple myeloma.
Obesity-related cancers account for 40 percent of all cancers. Even though
the rate of new cancer cases has decreased in the U.S. since the 1990s, the rate in obesity-related cancers continues to climb and slow the progress.
About 630,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with a cancer associated
with overweight and obesity in 2014 according to the study. About 2 in 3 occurred
in adults 50- to 74-years-old. The rates of obesity-related cancers, not including
colorectal cancer, increased by 7 percent between 2005 and 2014.
“By getting to and keeping a healthy weight, we all can play a role in cancer
prevention,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D.
Be Sure to Get Your Flu Shot
The flu can be dangerous, especially for people with certain medical conditions
like heart and lung diseases; asthma; diabetes; kidney, liver, endocrine and
metabolic disorders; severe obesity and weakened immune systems. Help slow the spread of flu by washing hands frequently, avoiding close contact with others who are sick, and staying home when you are ill.
Report by Terri Bryce Reeves, sourced from the CDC