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30-35 lbs increase in body weight increases the risk of rectal cancer by 12% in men, 3% in women
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An increase of 5 units in body mass index (BMI), which is roughly 30 pounds for a woman of average height and 35 pounds for a man of average height, increases the risk of rectal cancer 12 percent in men and 3 percent in women according to an analysis by researchers from Sweden. Data
Data from 30 studies
The researchers analyzed data from 30 studies that included body mass index and the risk of colon and rectal cancer.
Larsson S, Wolk A. Obesity and colon and rectal cancer risk: A meta-analysis of prospective studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Sep, 86(3):556-65.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Division of Nutritional Epidemiology
National Institute of Environmental Medicine
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