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Pancreatic cancer: Excess weight may account for 27% of U.S. cases in women
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Being overweight or obese may account for 52 percent of cases of pancreatic cancer in the U.S..
The data used to estimate this was the prevelance of overweight and obesity from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 1999-2000 for men and women 50- to 69-years-old.
This according to an evaluation by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Working Group on the Evaluation of Cancer-Preventive Strategies.
Their evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation of the available literature on weight and cancer that considered epidemiological, clinical and experimental data.
For an excellent review of the effect of overweight and obesity on the risk of cancers, see the review paper by Calle and Kaaks (2004).
International Agency for Reasearch on Cancer. IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention. Weight Control and Physical Activity (International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, 2002) as referenced in Calle E, Kaaks R. Overweight, obesity and cancer: epidemiological evidence and proposed mechanisms. Nat Rev Cancer. 2004 Aug, 4(8):579-91.
Calle E, Kaaks R. Overweight, obesity and cancer: epidemiological evidence and proposed mechanisms. Nat Rev Cancer. 2004 Aug, 4(8):579-91.
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