Previously, a total of 13 types of cancers associated with being overweight were identified, but according to new research findings, that number is brought to 18. According to the researchers, the increased risk of cancer begins at an early age, between the ages of 18 and 40.
Search by examining the records of 2,600,000 people
Researchers examined the health records of more than 2.6 million people in Catalonia, Spain. In 2009, these people were over 40 years old and none of them had cancer. But by 2018, more than 225,000 of them had been diagnosed with cancer. The results of this research, published in Nature Communications, show that a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher leads to an increased risk of 18 types of cancer. Researchers have found that overweight people between the ages of 18 and 40 are more likely to develop cancer.
What cancers are associated with excess weight?
Also, the risk of cancer is higher in those who have been overweight or obese for a longer period, and in those who have been overweight at a young age. Cancers associated with being overweight or obese based on findings from this research include leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, head and neck cancer, and bladder cancer.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 other cancers related to being overweight or obese are cancers of the esophagus, breast (in postmenopausal women), colon, uterus, gallbladder, upper stomach, kidneys, and liver. , ovaries, pancreas, thyroid gland, and includes meningioma (a type of brain cancer) and multiple myeloma (a malignant proliferation of blood plasma cells).