Excess weight linked to cancer

October 04, 2017 05:28 AM

There’s more reason to shed those unwanted pounds. A new study finds being overweight or obese increases the risk of 13 types of cancers.

The study was led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control. It looked at data from 2014 and found 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. were linked to excess weight. That's a significant increase from 2005.

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Obesity-related cancers were much more common among women and people over age 50. Researchers say better efforts to prevent and control obesity could help decrease these cancers.


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