Obesity, Inactivity Contribute To Cancer Risk

Inactivity and obesity can increase the chances of developing colorectal, breast, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, and uterine cancers, according to a new report issued jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a number of leading cancer groups. The report which reviewed more than 7,000 studies highlights the link between obesity and cancer. Marcus Plescia, director of the CDC’s cancer division, said it is well known that obesity and inactivity can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases but the link to cancer is not as well documented. Despite highlighting the dangers of inactivity, however, the report found the overall cancer death rate in the U.S. has fallen by about 1.6 percent each year between 2004 and 2008 due to improved preventive measures, screening, and early detection efforts. More here.

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