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Obesity and Cancer: What's the Connection

Monday, October 09, 2017
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute assessed cancer incidence rates from 2005 to 2014 to identify trends for cancers associated with being overweight or obese.

While it is known that the number of people who are overweight and obese is on the rise, it is not known if cancer incidence among these people also is rising.

In 2014, 631,000 persons in the United States were diagnosed with cancers associated with being overweight and or obese, representing 40% of all cancers diagnosed. Overweight- and obesity-related cancer incidence rates were higher among older people (ages ≥50 years) than younger people. Higher rates of obesity-related cancers were higher among women than men, and higher among non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white adults compared with other groups.

The researchers concluded that expanding efforts to prevent and treat obesity are needed, and would assist in reducing the incidence of obesity-related cancers. The study findings are available here.

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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN is an oncology nursing consultant and editor-in-chief of Oncology Nursing News.
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
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