Weight gain and cancer risk


Excessive weight can cause diabetes and heart problems. Obesity is a major cancer producing risk factor. Researchers have reported recent researches in medical journals in 2007, which described 282,137 cancer cases. Cancer risk that is associated with weight gain corresponds to an increase of 5kg per square meters in a body mass index (BMI).


For women a weight gain pursuant to an increase of 5 in the BMI would results in the development of four types of cancers, which is endometrial cancer, gall bladder cancer, kidney (renal) cancer, esophageal adenocarcinoma.

In women a positive increase in cancer risk, although weaker with a weight gain is demonstrated in the types of cancer such as: postmenopausal breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Significant increase in cancer risk in men associated with a complication of weight gain is demonstrated in the types of cancer like esophageal adenocarcinoma, renal cancer, thyroid cancer, renal cancer and colon cancer while positive although weaker cancer risk in men associated with weight gain can cause leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-H Hodgkin’s lymphoma, rectal cancer and malignant melanoma.

Researchers explain that the causes of cancer risk associated with weight gain are not understood fully, the results basically lend further help and support for the preferment of optimal exercise, nutrition and weight control as essential defensive and precautionary measures.

Cancer patients gain weight as there are some anti cancerous drugs that generally allow the body to hold excess water or fluid. This condition is known as edema and this increase in weight comes from extra water. To cope with this gain in weight physician advice to limit the amount of salt in the diet as salt is capable of holding water in it. Doctor can also prescribe a diuretic which is a process by which extra fluid is removed from the body.

Breast cancer patients also gain weight during their treatment so most of them emphasize a reduced calorie diet and a lower fat which is similar to those that is provided to cancer patients after the completion of treatment.


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  1. Paul Aujla says:

    good topic. i like the post

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