What’s my risk of developing cancer if I’m overweight or obese?
Accordingly, to cancerresearchuk.org being overweight doesn’t mean that someone will definitely develop cancer. But if a person is overweight they are more likely to get cancer than if they are a healthy weight.
We can help stack the odds against cancer by losing weight or avoiding gaining more weight
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People keeping a healthy weight could prevent around 22,800 cases of cancer every year in the UK says cancer research uk
- Yes, obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK- more than 1 in 20 cancer cases are caused by excess weight
- The risk is higher the more weight a person gains and the longer they are overweight for
- The good news is small changes that are kept up over time can make a real difference
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Extra fat in the body doesn’t just sit there, its active, sending out signals to the rest of your body. These signals can tell cells in our body to divide more often, which can lead to cancer.
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What types of cancer are caused by obesity?
Breast (in women after the menopause), bowel, womb, oesophageal (food pipe), pancreatic, kidney, liver, upper stomach (gastric cardia), gallbladder, ovarian, thyroid, myeloma (a type of blood cancer), and meningioma (a type of a brain tumour).
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This includes 2 of the most common types of cancer – breast and bowel cancers – and 3 of the hardest to treat – pancreatic, oesophageal and gallbladder cancers.
What does the research show?
- Consistent results from decades of research involving millions of people show the link between obesity and cancer and means we can confidently rule out other explanations (such as chance or other lifestyle factors).
The risk increases the more weight is gained so we can be more sure the link is real (this is called a dose-response relationship). And there are good explanations for how extra fat cells in the body could cause cancer.
- International organisations like the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Cancer Research Fund agree.
A person’s risk of cancer depends on lots of different factors, including things you can’t change like your age and genes. Other things that can cause cancer, whether that’s obesity, tobacco or the sun, increase a person’s risk of cancer, but do not mean that person will definitely develop cancer.
But when we look at a whole population, these lifestyle factors cause more people to develop cancer.