Obesity-related cancers on the rise in U.S.

A new study shows that cancers related to obesity and weight gain have been steadily rising over the past decade.
By Clint Huston | Oct 05, 2017
The rate of 12 different obesity-related cancers jumped over 7 percent from 2005 to 2014, suggesting progress in fighting the disease is not as far along as previously thought.

This new data comes from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who found that over 630,000 U.S. citizens were diagnosed with an obesity-related cancer during 2014. Such cancers accounted for roughly 40 percent of total diagnoses throughout the United States during that time and, though the overall rate of new cancer diagnoses has fallen since the 1990s, obesity-related cancers have been on the rise.

Such data is concerning from a medical standpoint, and it reveals that health officials may have to raise publicawareness about the link.

"The trends we are reporting today are concerning," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a researcherat the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Reuters. "There are many good reasons to strive for a healthy weight. Now you can add cancer to the list."

The International Agency for Research on Cancer currently reports that there are 13 cancers -- including meningioma, multiple myeloma, and adenocarcinoma of the esophagus that areassociated with being overweight. This is a big issue and, as two out of three U.S. adults were considered overweight or obese during 2013 and 2014, those cancer ratescould continue to rise in future years.

Though researchers have not found as definitive link between losing weight and reduced cancer risk, there is a lot of evidence to show that obesity can lead to cancer.Even so, the team believes very few Americans are aware of that link. They state that the connection needs to be made clear.

"That obesity and overweight are affecting cancers may be surprising to many Americans," added Schuchat, according to CBS News. "The awareness of some cancers being associated with obesity and overweight is not yet widespread."

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