OBESITY AND CANCER

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From ABOM partner organization STOP Obesity Alliance:

We want to share with you an important new series of publications highlighting the increased incidence of obesity-related cancers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2014.

Excessive Weight Gain, Obesity, and Cancer: Opportunities for Clinical Intervention

  • JAMA Viewpoint—co-authored by Dr. William Dietz—underscores links between excessive weight gain in early to middle adulthood and increased cancer risk. They note that nearly half of all cancers in people younger than 65 years were associated with overweight and obesity (2005-2014) and reiterate the immediate need to invest in comprehensive strategies that support patients’ efforts to make significant lifestyle changes.

Trends in Incidence of Cancers Associated with Overweight & Obesity—United States, 2005-2014

  • This week’s edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) focuses the spotlight on an alarming increase in the incidence of obesity-related cancers. In 2014 alone, approximately 631,000 Americans were diagnosed with an overweight or obesity-related cancer.
  • The October 2017 edition of CDC’s Vital Signs offers an excellent set of explanatory graphics that provides a basic epidemiological overview of obesity-related cancers and a sampling of what can be done at the community, state, and federal levels to address this eminent health threat.
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