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Three in four are unaware of obesity link to cancer, says charity

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4898 (Published 09 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4898
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Cancer Research UK has urged the government to act to curb the obesity epidemic, as the charity released a survey showing that three in four adults are unaware of the link between obesity and cancer.1

An online survey found that 75% of respondents (2457/3293) were unaware that being overweight or obese increased a person’s risk of cancer.

When asked about specific cancers, respondents were more likely to see a link between being overweight or obese and cancers of the bowel (60% of respondents), liver (55%), and pancreas …

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