Report Links Obesity to Ovarian Cancer

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BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 09: Consultant Surgeon Andrew Ready prepares to conduct a live donor kidney transplant at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham on June 9, 2006, Birmingham, England. Kidney failure patient Carol Playfair was given the chance of life when her sister Tracey Playfair offered one of her own perfect kidneys to help save the life of Carol. The operation at The QE Hospital, part of The University Hospital's Trust was one of 1500 live donor transplants carried out in the United Kingdon every year. Despite the introduction of Donor Cards, there are still too few kidneys available to help all those who require a transplant, thereby producing a waiting list and the only chance of survival is by live donor. 
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Clara Ritger
March 11, 2014, 3:02 a.m.

Obese or over­weight wo­men are at in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing ovari­an can­cer, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

A body mass in­dex in­crease by five points in wo­men cor­rel­ated to a 6 per­cent in­crease in risk of ovari­an can­cer, ac­cord­ing to find­ings from the Amer­ic­an In­sti­tute for Can­cer Re­search and the World Can­cer Re­search Fund. Of the 4 mil­lion wo­men who par­ti­cip­ated in the stud­ies that make up the re­port, 16,000 de­veloped ovari­an can­cer.

Ovari­an can­cer joins a grow­ing list of deadly dis­eases linked to ex­cess body fat, in­clud­ing post­men­o­paus­al breast can­cer, colorectal can­cer, en­do­metri­al can­cer, eso­pha­geal can­cer, kid­ney can­cer, gall­blad­der can­cer, and pan­cre­at­ic can­cer. The AICR es­tim­ates that main­tain­ing a healthy weight could pre­vent 120,900 can­cer cases each year.

Two-thirds of wo­men in the United States are over­weight or obese, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tion­al Health and Nu­tri­tion Ex­am­in­a­tion Sur­vey.

Ovari­an can­cer is the most deadly gyneco­lo­gic­al can­cer in the United States, killing 14,000 wo­men each year.

The two groups fun­ded the peer-re­viewed re­port. The re­port and re­com­mend­a­tions were pro­duced after the groups’ pan­el eval­u­ated the find­ings from lit­er­at­ure re­views con­duc­ted in­de­pend­ently by Im­per­i­al Col­lege, Lon­don.


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