Cancer Survivors Have Higher Obesity Risk
The findings of one of the first studies comparing obesity rates in cancer survivors to rates in those without a history of cancer were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology_._ According to these findings, people who have had cancer—especially breast cancer and colorectal cancer—have higher rates of obesity.
The study involved about 540,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 85. Approximately 32,500 of the study participants were cancer survivors. Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer were the most common types. African-American cancer survivors had the highest obesity risk.
According to researchers, study results suggest that obesity should be addressed in cancer survivors. Additionally, the implementation of weight management measures is important to reverse the current obesity trend.
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