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Risk of multiple myeloma 12-27% greater for overweight, 27-82% greater in those who are obese
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The risk of multiple myeloma is 12-27 percent greater for those who are overweight and 27-82 percent greater for those who are obese compared with those who are normal weight according to an analysis by researchers from Sweden. Definition
What is Multiple myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells which are cells of the immune system which make antibodies and are made in bone marrow according to Wikipedia.
Cohort studies: Overweight associated with 12% greater risk, obese 27% greater risk
In cohort studies, where they followed people who were overweight and obese and compared them with people who were normal weight, the risk of multiple myeloma was 12 percent greater in those who were overweight and 27 percent greater in those who were obese.
Case-Controlled studies: Overweight associated with 27% greater risk, obese 82% greater risk
In case-controlled studies, where they compared people with multiple myeloma to those without the disease, being overweight was associated with a 27 percent greater risk and being obese was associated with an 82 percent greater risk.
Data from 15 studies
The researchers analyzed data from 11 cohort studies and 4 case-controlled studies.
Larsson S, Wolk A. Overweight, obesity and risk of liver cancer: A meta-analysis of cohort studies. Br J Cancer. 2007 Aug 14.
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