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Excess weight accounts for 14-20% of all cancer deaths in US
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 8:44 am Email this article
Overweight and obesity accounts for 14 percent of all cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of all cancer deaths of women in the U.S. according to a study by the American Cancer Society as noted in a paper published in the British Medical Journal. 90,000 cancer deaths per year preventable in US
“Taken together, this means that 90,000 cancer deaths could be prevented each year if Americans could maintain a healthy body weight,” the paper notes.
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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