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Obesity causes 100,000 US cancer cases each year
And it could be the carbs that these people eat, as directed by the
government, that makes them fat, and causes the cancers (Western
"Sweet Zombie Jesus!" wrote:
Obesity causes 100,000 US cancer cases, group says
URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/n...ory_91533.html
Thursday, November 5, 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Obesity causes more than 100,000 cases of
cancer in the United States each year -- and the number will likely
rise as Americans get fatter, researchers said on Thursday.
Having too much body fat causes nearly half the cases of endometrial
cancer -- a type of cancer of the uterus -- and a third of esophageal
cancer cases, the American Institute for Cancer Research said.
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States after
heart disease. The American Cancer Society projects that 1.47 million
people will be diagnosed with cancer this year and 562,000 will die of
More than 26 percent of Americans are obese, defined as having a body
mass index of 30 or higher. BMI is equal to weight in kilograms
divided by height in meters squared. A person 5 feet 5 inches tall
becomes obese at 180 pounds (82 kg).
Additionally, nearly a third of Americans are overweight, defined as
having a BMI of 25 to 30.
The study combined findings from AICR research linking diet, physical
activity and fatness with cancer risk with national surveys on obesity
and cancer incidence.
"We then worked out the percentage of those specific cancers that
would be prevented if everyone in the United States maintained a
healthy weight," the group said in a statement.
Here are some of its estimates of cancer types that could be prevented
annually if Americans stayed slender:
* Esophageal - 35 percent of cases or 5,800 people
* Pancreatic - 28 percent or 11,900
* Gallbladder - 21 percent or 2,000
* Colon - 9 percent or 13,200
* Breast - 17 percent or 33,000
* Endometrium - 49 percent or 20,700
* Kidney - 24 percent or 13,900
In July, federal and other researchers estimated that obesity-related
diseases account for nearly 10 percent of all medical spending in the
United States or an estimated $147 billion a year.
(Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Alan Elsner)
³When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.²
-Archbishop Helder Camara
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