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Obesity is Increasing Cancer Risk in Young Adults


Obesity is more than a vanity issue – it is a serious health problem. We have known for quite some time that obesity is associated with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer in adults. Now there is evidence that obesity is shifting certain cancers to younger age groups.

A recent meta-analysis (a powerful study that combines results of several studies) has shown that cancers typically associated with people over the age of 50 are now reported with increasing frequency in young adults. The study reported, “In 2016, nearly 1 in 10 new breast cancer cases, and 1 in 4 new thyroid cancer cases were in young people aged 20-44, according to the review published in Obesity.”

The data show that with obesity rising among younger demographics, so are cancer rates. Young people with a body mass index over 30 are more likely to experience aggressive cancer malignancies.

It is critical for your family’s long-term health that everyone maintains healthy body weight.

Source: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine