Vital Signs: The Link between Obesity and Cancer

Did you know there are links between obesity and an increased risk in one’s risk for cancer, and this can make some of us worry. Over half of Americans did not know this. While many know there are other risk factors that can cause cancer such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use there are thirteen types of cancer linked to obesity. Read on to learn the list and a few quick ideas that could improve your overall weight and health.

Healthy Tip Tuesday comes to you in partnership with Trinity Hospital Twin City.

The Center for Disease Control shares that at least thirteen different cancers are associated with being overweight or obesity. The current ones that are identified are in:

  • Menigioma
  • Adenecarcinoma of the esophagus
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Kidneys
  • Uterus
  • Ovarian
  • Thyroid
  • Post-menopausal Breast
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Upper Stomach
  • Pancreas
  • Colon and rectum

Though obesity is not the only factor that causes these cancers, it is noted that there is an increase if you struggle with weight gain. From 2005-2014 there was a 7%  increase in most of the cancers.

So what can we do help lower risk factors when it comes to weight gain?

  • Start an active lifestyle early with our children.
  • If you are able, walk to your errands.
  • Use the stairs at home, work, and when shopping.
  • Swap one sugary drink a day for water.
  • Access local walking trails and outdoor events.
  • Plant a garden and add in one new fruit or vegetable a week.

Remember small changes matter, and if you have more questions please reach out to your primary doctor.

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