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Obesity is risk factor in 70 000 new cancers a year in Europe, study shows

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 04 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3171
  1. Roger Dobson, Abergavenny

    More than 70 000 new cases of cancer a year in Europe can be attributed to excess body weight, data from a new modelling study show.

    The most common types of cancer attributable to obesity were endometrial, postmenopausal breast, and colorectal cancers (International Journal of Cancer doi:10.1002/ijc.24803).

    The results also indicate that obesity related oesophageal adenocarcinoma is a substantial problem in the United Kingdom, accounting for 54% of all the new cases of this cancer in the 30 countries in the study.

    The authors say that obesity related cancer is a greater problem for women than for men, and they warn: “In the next decade, as smoking prevalence decreases in some …

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