Obesity responsible for 3.9 per cent of cancer globally, says new study
As per the research, 21.7 million new cancer cases and 13 million cancer deaths are expected to occur across the worldAuthor : Sunaina
Washington DC: A new study published in the journal Cancer highlighted the relationship between obesity and the risk of 13 types of cancer. These include postmenopausal breast cancer and liver cancer. The study also established a probable relationship of obesity with 3 others, including prostate cancer.
In particular, not many people are aware of the link of overweight/obesity to cancer risk," said Hyuna Sung, said a participant researcher. The study was made on the basis of gender. The total number of cases for women was nearly double than that of men, breast cancer being one of the largest contributors. For men, liver cancer was one of the main threats.
"The simultaneous rise in excess body weight in almost all countries is thought to be driven largely by changes in the global food system, which promotes energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods, alongside reduced opportunities for physical activity," Sung said.