Excess Weight Increases Risk of Colon Cancer

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Excess Weight Increases Risk of Colon Cancer

January 7, 2013

Excess weight increases risk for colon cancer, especially among men, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers analyzed data from 324,524 men and women participating in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Healthy Study. These findings are consistent with a meta-analysis of 29 other studies which found a positive association between body weight and colon cancer risk for both men and women.

Renehan AG, Flood A, Adams KF, et al. Body mass index at different adults ages, weight change, and colorectal cancer risk in the National Institutes of Health-AARP cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2012;176:1130-1140.

Renehan AG, Tyson M, Egger M, et al. Body-mass index and incidence of cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective observational studies. Lancet. 2008;37:569-578.

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