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A powerful reason to lose weight and exercise: Obesity linked to specific cancers by USA TODAY

November 6, 2009
Obesity and Cancer. Start Super Body, Super Brain Fitness Program Now
By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY
About 100,500 new cases of cancer are caused by obesity every year, according to the most comprehensive attempt ever to estimate the cancers attributed to extra weight.

The analysis, released today by the American Institute for Cancer Research, is based on updated cancer data and a report released earlier this year by a panel of experts. Among the types of cancer most strongly linked to excess body fat:

Breast: 33,000 cases a year caused by obesity.

Endometrial: 20,700 cases a year.

Kidney: 13,900 cases.

Colorectal: 13,200 cases.

Pancreas: 11,900.

Esophagus: 5,800.

Gallbladder: 2,000.

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“The list of cancers affected by obesity will almost certainly increase as more research is completed,” says Michael Thun, emeritus vice president of epidemiological research at the American Cancer Society. “Several other types of cancer – liver, multiple myeloma and certain leukemias – have been linked to obesity in some studies, but this needs confirmation.”

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