Obesity-Related Cancers on Rise in Young Adults

Obesity-Related Cancers on Rise in Young Adults

Obesity-Related Cancers on Rise in Young Adults

Such a discovery could negate our own recent advances in treating cancers but until the NHS seriously begins to screen for obesity, as recommended by the study's authors, we may not know.

Still unexplained, however, is why the six other forms of cancer classified by the UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as related to obesity did not also show similar rates of increase among younger adults.

Those include cancer of the pancreas, kidney, bone marrow and gall bladder. "The steepest increases were in the youngest age group, those aged 25 to 34 years".

Kidney cancer rates in people in their twenties are rising by 6 per cent a year, according to researchers who suggested that extra fat during key stages of youth could lead to deadly diseases.

"Given the large increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among young people and increasing risks of obesity-related cancers in contemporary birth cohorts, the future burden of these cancers could worsen as younger cohorts age, potentially halting or reversing the progress achieved in reducing cancer mortality over the past several decades".

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Even though cancer most often strikes older adults, the sharpest increases were found in younger age groups. Other factors, such as changes in screening age and age at first pregnancy and number of children, might also play a role.

"Although the absolute risk of these cancers is small in younger adults, these findings have important public health implications", Ahmedin, senior author of the paper, said in a statement.

The obesity epidemic is driving a surge in the number of young people diagnosed with obesity-related cancers that threatens to reverse decades of progress in lowering cancer deaths, according to a new study.

Currently, less than half of primary care physicians in the United States regularly measure the body-mass index (BMI) of their patients. Public health measures, such as restrictions on advertising of unhealthy calorie-laden foods, could also help, as well as more campaigns to promote healthy lifestyle choices, Jemal said.

Two thirds of Britons are now overweight and more than a quarter of the population is obese. Additional experimental and population-based studies will be needed to test the hypothesis more directly.

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Researchers from the American Cancer Society studied cancer data covering half of the USA population between 1995 and 2014.

As for gastrointestinal cancer and leukemia, the researchers hypothesize that increases in autoimmune disease, antibiotic use, and exposure to environmental carcinogens may be to blame.

The labels have been added to this press release as part of a project run by the Academy of Medical Sciences seeking to improve the communication of evidence.

[3] 12 cancer types were chosen on the basis of their association with obesity: colorectal, oesophageal (adenocarcinoma), gallbladder, gastric cardia, kidney, liver and intrahepatic bile duct, multiple myeloma, pancreatic and thyroid cancer and, in women, uterine corpus, breast and ovarian cancer.

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