Americans are generally aware that overweight and obesity are risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, but most have not yet recognized the connection between excess weight and cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, excess weight alone is responsible for over 100,000 new cancer cases every year. Obesity has been shown to dramatically increase the risk of colon cancer, and obesity is estimated to be responsible for up to 35 percent of colon cancer cases. Obesity has been found to increase the risk of many common cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, thyroid, breast, colon and rectum, kidney, endometrium, and gallbladder; plus leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.For the complete article see the 03-27-2013 issue.
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