Obesity and weight gain increase cancer risk in men

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    Obesity and weight gain increase cancer risk in men



    Obesity and weight gain increase the risk for several forms of cancer in men.

    According to a study from the United States, "Obesity has been linked with increased risk for cancers of the colon, kidney, breast, endometrium and gallbladder. For other cancer sites, the relationship with obesity is less well quantified, and the effect of weight change on cancer risk is unclear."

    C. Samanic and colleagues at the National Cancer Institute examined "the health records of 362,552 Swedish men who underwent at least one physical examination from 1971 to 1992, and were followed until death or the end of 1999. Incident cancer cases were identified by linkage to the Swedish cancer registry. Poisson regression models were used to estimate relative risks of cancer for both body-mass index (BMI) at baseline exam and, in a subgroup of 107,815 men, change in BMI after 6 years of follow-up, adjusting for age and smoking status."

    The data proved, "Compared to men of normal weight, obese men had a significantly increased risk of all cancers combined (RR=1.1; 95% CI=1.0-1.2). The risks were most pronounced for esophageal adenocarcinoma (RR=2.7; 95% CI=1.3-5.6), renal cell carcinoma (RR=1.8; 95% CI=1.4-2.4), malignant melanoma (RR=1.4; 95% CI=1.1-1.7), and cancers of the colon (RR=1.7; 95% CI=1.5-2.0), rectum (RR=1.4; 95% CI=1.1-1.7), and liver (RR=3.6; 95% CI=2.6-5.0). Risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma was elevated for underweight men whose BMI was less than 18.5 (RR=3.1; 95% CI=1.1-8.3).

    "An excess risk for cancers of the pancreas and connective tissue was observed only among nonsmokers. Compared to men whose weight remained stable, men with more than a 15% increase in BMI after 6 years of follow-up had an elevated risk of pancreas and renal cell cancers."

    The researchers concluded, "Obesity and weight gain increase the risk for several forms of cancer in men, and underscore the need for further study into carcinogenic mechanisms and preventive interventions."

    Samanic and colleagues published the results of their research in Cancer Causes & Control (Relation of body mass index to cancer risk in 362,552 Swedish men. Cancer Causes Control, 2006;17(7):901-909).

    For additional information, contact C. Samanic, National Cancer Institute, Dept. of Health & Human Service, Division Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Institutes of Health, 6120 Execut Blvd., Room 8115, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.

    The publisher of the journal Cancer Causes & Control can be contacted at: Springer, Van Godewijckstraat 30, 3311 Gz Dordrecht, Netherlands.

  2. Whoah, whoah whoah whoah...... hold up... you mean to tell me it's not conducive to good health if you're obese?

    I wonder if there's going to be a massive cancer cluster (amongst other health problems) within a few decades due to the heightened rates of obesity in children these days... :donut:

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