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Does Excess Weight Increase the Risk of Cancer?

Yes! Even though cancer has many causes, some of which are unknown, certain cancers are known to occur more often among people who are overweight.

  • Rates of breast and endometrial cancers in post-menopausal women increase with weight.
  • Nearly 50% of all breast cancers occur in obese women.
  • Other cancers may not be directly linked to obesity and weight, but instead are linked to the type of bad eating habits that produce obesity.
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