Cancers linked to excess weight make up 40% of all U.S. diagnoses, study finds

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Two out of every three Americans now considered overweight, CDC says

(Jessica Glenza/ The Guardian) — Cancers associated with being overweight or obese account for 40% of all diagnoses of the disease in the United States, an increasing share of all cancer diagnoses nationwide.

Although new cases of cancer have fallen since the 1990s, diagnoses of overweight- and obesity-linked cancers increased between 2005 and 2014, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Being overweight is associated with increased risk for 13 types of cancer.

“When we step back and lump together all the types of cancer associated with overweight and obesity, we saw a direction upwards,” said Anne Schuchat, deputy director of the CDC.

“That’s not a smoking gun, but it’s a note of caution for us.” (…)

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