CDC Reports Rise in Obesity Related Cancers

CDC Reports Rise in Obesity Related Cancers

Obesity-related cancers have witnessed a spike in the United States in the recent years as per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. The report added that obesity-related cancers accounted for 40 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed in the United States in 2014. Between year 2005 and 2014, cancers related to obesity have registered an increase of seven percent, the CDC report informed.

The overall cancer rate has declined across the United States. The International Agency for Research on Cancer associates 13 cancers with overweight and obesity. As obesity rate has been rising in the United States and other regions across the world, health experts have witnessed a rise in cancer rate. As per CDC data, nearly 65 percent of the adult population in the United States can be considered as overweight or obese. Heath experts consider meningioma, multiple myeloma, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, and cancers of the thyroid, postmenopausal breast, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus and colon and rectum (colorectal) as cancers related to overweight.

In a conference call, Dr. Anne Schuchat from CDC informed, "Today’s report shows in some cancers we’re going in the wrong direction. There are many good reasons to strive for a healthy weight. Now you can add cancer to the list." During the period under consideration, cancers not related to obesity have witnessed a reduction by 13 percent.

Health experts have also urged Americans to watch out their weight. Keeping a healthy bodyweight can help in improving quality of life and lower medical bills.