An extensive study by the American Cancer Society has corroborated a strong link between obesity and cancer reaffirming that obesity presently remains a central challenge to cancer prevention. The conclusions substantiate the previously acknowledged findings that roughly 25 percent of cancer prevalence may be distinctively related to excess body weight or obesity.
Daniela Campari, Chief Marketing Officer with American Cancer Society in Atlanta, said recently that ACS research essentially focuses on cures, but also explores various ways of preventing cancer.
“One of the things we can all do is just get more exercise. The research is showing that it can really reduce your risk of actually getting the disease.”
In an earlier study, the World Obesity Federation had warned against proliferating obesity trends, projecting that nearly 3 billion adults worldwide may be heading towards progressive obesity by 2025; an increase of 4 percent from last year’s figures.
Intensifying obesity rates offer glaring warning signs of cancer incidence among other life-threatening conditions. Many experts have attributed this soaring prevalence of obesity to a mix of sedentary lifestyles and a pervasive preference for potentially detrimental dietary habits. Such tendencies are oftentimes exacerbated by the aggressive patronizing initiatives of a thriving food industry.
These diets are known to be characterized by disproportionately high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar and relatively insignificant quantities of fiber constituting them, hence the altogether adverse implications known to hasten weight gain and compound the risks instrumental in the growth and spread of certain types of cancer.
The American Association of Cancer Research Progress Report for 2014 also listed obesity and lack of physical activity as an incontestably relevant cause of cancer. These when added to unhealthy diet account for more than 30 percent of overall cancer incidence in the United States. Furthermore, the condition is also said to influence survival rate among cancer patients. The American Cancer Society had already released a report years ago, indicating that obesity was an evident risk for cancer related deaths in men.
Recent research has also pointed out that obesity heightens the risk of certain brain cancers. For instance, excess weight has been strongly linked with a higher risk of meningioma, a type of brain tumor. Obesity enhances the risk of this cancer by more than 50 percent, and being overweight escalates it by 20 percent. It has also been particularly linked to Breast Cancer with research evidently confirming that the change in breast tissue contributes to the development and spread of malignant tumors.
A considerable proportion of cancers are known to be preventable. For instance, cancers caused by tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption could be averted completely. Similarly, progression of cancers linked to obesity may be curbed by inculcating active lifestyles and healthy eating habits. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2015. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., surpassed only by heart disease, leading to nearly 25 percent of all deaths.
Populations with limited socioeconomic status seem to demonstrate a much higher cancer death rate relative to those with an elevated one, regardless of demographic indicators. The former are more susceptible to high cancer risk behaviors, principally physical inactivity, and lifestyle patterns marked by unhealthy eating. This is strong evidence to suggest that such patients are even less likely to survive cancer treatment owing to a lack of timely diagnosis of the condition, as well as sufficiently adequate treatment.
More than 10,000 new cases are expected to occur among children in 2015, accounting for less than 1 percent of all new cancer diagnoses. Overall, childhood cancer incidence rates have risen by 0.6 percent every year over a five-year period.
According to a recent study, Obesity could be behind as many as 10 types of different cancer in adults. This adds up to over 18,000 cancer cases every year, including two of the most common and three of the hardest to treat.
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