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Cancer is more likely in obese women than in women of average weight

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 04 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:310
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Women who are obese are up to 36% more likely to develop cancer those of a healthy weight.

    Almost one in 14 cancers in women are due to overweight and obesity and are therefore avoidable, concludes research that looked at nearly 70 000 people in Sweden. The study has been published online ahead of print publication in the International Journal of Cancer (, doi: 10.1002/ijc.21354).

    “In women, up to 7% of all cancers in the county are attributable to overweight and obesity, with a larger effect on endometrial (up to 30%), colon (20%) and ovarian (22%) cancers. Up to 18% …

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