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Human Development Index

Study: Being overweight or obese led to 481,000 cancers in one year

Looking for ways to reduce your risk of cancer? Try losing weight. A new study estimates that 3.6% of cancers diagnosed around the world in 2012 could be traced to the excess weight of patients. That works out to 481,000 cases of cancer in adults who were at least 30 years old, according to the report in Lancet Oncology. About 23% of these cancers were diagnosed in North America, where the proportion of cancers that could be traced to people’s extra pounds was highest. An additional 14% of these weight-related cancers were diagnosed in East Asia, where the risk due to extra weight was low but the population is so large that the patients added up. The international research team...