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More Data Indicating Obesity Drastically Ups Cancer Risk

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According to Cancer Research UK, new data indicates that obese women increase their risk of developing certain cancers by approximately 40%, compared to women of a healthy weight.

These data lend more evidence to a growing body indicating that increased weight has a significant impact on the risk of developing cancers and is an important way in which individuals can take matters into their own hands to reduce their risk of developing the disease.

In the United States, approximately half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer within their lifetime. Although many risk factors for developing cancer have not yet been determined, those that can be altered by lifestyle decisions enable great reductions in the incidence of cancer.

Reference: Cancer Research UK. Obese women 40 percent more likely to get cancer. Available at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2015-03-17-obese-women-40-per-cent-more-likely-to-get-cancer.

Accessed April 8, 2015.