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Articles > Obesity Linked to Increased Cancer Mortality Risk in Asia/Pacific Region

Jul 1, 2010
by Roxanne Nelson


Persons living in the Asia-Pacific region who are overweight and obese have a significantly increased risk for mortality from cancer compared with the risk for individuals of normal weight, according to a new report published online June 30 in Lancet Oncology.

Among individuals with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 18.5 kg/m2, the authors found that there was "a positive and continuous association between BMI and all-cancer mortality." Compared with persons with a normal weight, the relative risk for cancer-related mortality was 1.06 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.00 - 1.12) for those who were overweight and 1.21 (95% CI, 1.09 - 1.36) among obese persons.

In addition, the positive association noted between BMI and all-cancer mortality was particularly pronounced colon cancer, breast cancer (in women 60 years or older), ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and leukemia.

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