Lose Weight, Lower Cancer Risk
Shed extra pounds while you’re still young—you may protect yourself against cancer. Researchers reviewed more than 100 studies and found rising rates of nine obesity-linked cancers in adults under 50, likely because obesity rates are also increasing. For example, pancreatic cancer in adults under 40 appears to occur two to six years earlier in those carrying excess weight. And in a study of 1.1 million Israeli men, those who were overweight or obese in their late teens were 1.5 times more likely to develop colon cancer in adulthood than those who were not overweight when they were 16 to 19 years old. While the study doesn’t prove cause and effect, it makes a good case for maintaining a healthy weight.
Source: Obesity, March 23, 2018