Is there a link between weight and cancer?

Is there a link between weight and cancer?  We think yes!  Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“The CDC”) published a report that being overweight or obese significantly increased the risk of developing at least 13 (!) types of cancer.

  • What is the definition of overweight versus obese?  Overweight is considered a BMI of 25-29.9.  Obesity is a BMI of 30 and over.  Plug your height and weight into this easy-to-use calculator
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  • Who is most at risk?  The effect is more pronounced in older people (at least 50 years old) compared with younger people  AND women are much more likely to have overweight- and obesity-related cancers than men.  (218 cancers per 100,000 women versus 115 cancers per 100,000 men). This is thought to be that female-specific cancers like postmenopausal breast cancers and endometrial and ovarian cancer only exist in women and constitute 42% of the overweight- and obesity-related cancers.
  • What can you do?  Be aware that weight-reduction and maintaining a healthy BMI (between 20 and 25) can play a role in your cancer prevention!


About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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