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Is cancer linked to obesity?

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There’s a link between obesity and certain cancers, such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and cancers of the kidney, pancreas, and thyroid. Scientists aren’t sure if being overweight actually causes cancer. But they do know that fat feeds the growth of existing cancer cells.

Of course, people who aren’t overweight can get cancer, too. So just like anyone else, it’s important for you to keep up with any cancer tests that your doctor recommends.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension),” “Osteoarthritis,” “Gallstones.”

American Heart Association: “Coronary Artery Disease -- Coronary Heart Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is a Stroke?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Type 2 Diabetes.”

National Cancer Institute: “Uncovering the Mechanisms Linking Obesity and Cancer Risk.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Sleep Apnea.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Obesity and Reproduction: A Committee Opinion.”

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 09, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension),” “Osteoarthritis,” “Gallstones.”

American Heart Association: “Coronary Artery Disease -- Coronary Heart Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is a Stroke?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Type 2 Diabetes.”

National Cancer Institute: “Uncovering the Mechanisms Linking Obesity and Cancer Risk.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Sleep Apnea.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Obesity and Reproduction: A Committee Opinion.”

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 09, 2018

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