Lipids

, Volume 33, Issue 11, pp 1055–1059

Obesity as a risk factor for certain types of cancer

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Summary and Conclusions

In conclusion, obesity has been associated with increased risk for a number of different types of cancer. The evidence has been most consistent for endometrial cancer, breast cancer in postmenopausal women, and renal cell cancer. More variable results have been reported for colorectal, prostate and pancreatic cancer.

Possible mechanisms by which obesity may influence cancer risk include alteration in hormonal patterns, including sex hormones and insulin, and factors such as the distribution of body fat and changes in adiposity at different ages. The increasing prevalence of obesity in many parts of the world emphasizes the importance of learning more about the relationship between obesity and cancer and the mechanisms involved in their interaction.

Abbreviations

BMI

body mass index

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Human Nutrition, Department of BiochemistryThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.College of MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa City

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