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  • 14 August 2014, 4:42

Obesity Linked To Ten Most Common Cancers

Overweight and obese people are at greater risk of developing the 10 most common cancers, according to a major study.

The research suggests BMI was "positively associated" with cancers, including uterus, cervix, thyroid, kidney, liver and colon.

The findings, published in the Lancet medical journal, also suggest post-menopausal breast cancer and leukaemia were a heightened risk.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine gathered data on 5.2 million people in the UK, of which nearly 170,000 developed cancer.

They found that a person's Body Mass Index, a measure of body fat, was linked to 17 out of 22 cancers.

Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran, who led the study, said: "The number of people who are overweight or obese is rapidly increasing both in the UK and worldwide.

"It is well recognised that this is likely to cause more diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

"Our results show that if these trends continue, we can also expect to see substantially more cancers as a result. The higher the BMI, the higher the risk."

The study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council, also suggested growing obesity levels could lead to 3,790 more cancer sufferers per year.