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Excess weight accounts for 3-6% of all cancers in Europe
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Among countries in the European Union, 3.4 percent of all cancers in men and 6.4 percent of all cancer in women are attributable to overweight and obesity according to a paper published in the British Medical Journal. Women
Women : Cancers associated with overweight and obesity
Among women in countries of the European Union, excess weight is thought to account for
- 8.5 percent of breast cancer
- 10.7 percent of colon cancer
- 39.2 percent of endometrial cancer
- 24.5 percent of kidney cancer
- 23.7 percent of gall bladder cancer
- 6.4 percent of all cancers
Men : Cancers associated with overweight and obesity
Among men in countries of the European Union, excess weight is thought to account for
- 11.1 percent of colon cancer
- 4.4 percent of prostate cancer
- 25.5 percent of kidney cancer
- 24.8 percent of gall bladder cancer
- 3.4 percent of all cancers
70,000 of 3.5 million cancer cases in European Union due to overweight and obesity
Of the 3.5 million new cases of cancer each year in the European Union, more than 70,000 are attributable to excess body weight.
McMillan D, Sattar N, Mcardle CS. ABC of obesity. Obesity and cancer. BMJ. 2006 Nov 25, 333(7578):1109-11.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Donald C McMillan
University of Glasgow
Department of Surgery
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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