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Doctor insights on: What Type Of Cancers Can You Get From Being Obese

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Are obese people more likely to get colon cancer?

Are obese people more likely to get colon cancer?

Yes, & other cancers: The national cancer institute, on its website, lists several cancers whose risks are increased in an obese person. The cancers are: breast cancer in post-menopausal women (women after menopause), endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus' lining), colon cancer, kidney cancer, and esophagus cancer (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How high is the percent of women that get breast cancer are obese?

How high is the percent of women that get breast cancer are obese?

Risk is higher: Being overweight (obese being the category for the most overweight) is associated with a modest increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is seen mainly in women who have never had menopausal hormone therapy and probably relates to increased estrogen levels in overweight postmenopausal women. Premenopausal overweight women have a reduced risk of breast cancer! ...Read more

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Been having breast discomfort for awhile now.Is it because they're too big?I'm 23, 40d, obese, & have no family history of cancer.Can i get mammogram?

Been having breast discomfort for awhile now.Is it because they're too big?I'm 23, 40d, obese, & have no family history of cancer.Can i get mammogram?

Cystic change: You are most likely experiencing fibrocystic change. You can check my prior posts on this subject. You are also probably wearing the wrong bra size. Try a store like nordstrom or intimacy for a proper fitting. ...Read more

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Mum had breast cancer and dad had lung cancer,both passed away.what are my chances?can I get a full body cancer check? I am clinically obese.

Mum had breast cancer and dad had lung cancer,both passed away.what are my chances?can I get a full body cancer check? I am clinically obese.

Scan not neede: Unless Mums breast Ca was genetically induced thru BRACA any development of breast Ca would be environmental and the issue resolved with mammography. Lung cancer, especially is related to smoking is not passed down in a familiar manner. Basic medical exam yearly should suffice to define need for specific scans. ...Read more

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Does obesity increase cancer risk?

Does obesity increase cancer risk?

Yes: The national cancer institute, on its website, lists several cancers whose risks are increased in an obese person. The cancers are: breast cancer in post-menopausal women (women after menopause), endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus' lining), colon cancer, kidney cancer, and esophagus cancer (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). ...Read more

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What cancers am I more at risk for if I am obese?

What cancers am I more at risk for if I am obese?

Several: If you are a woman, post menopausal breast cancer and colon cancers are associated with obesity. Other cancers that are associated with obesity are pancreatic, esophageal, endometrial (uterine lining), kidney, thyroid, gall bladder and esophagus. Remember, your risk for many of these complications is reduced through losing only a few pounds, for many people. ...Read more

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May i know, how obesity is associated with cancer?

May i know, how obesity is associated with cancer?

Increases risk of ca: Obesity increases the risk of developing many cancers. It may have something to do with the associated high Insulin like growth factor levels which cause increased cellular growth and possible stimulation of cancer formations. ...Read more

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Are obese people or people with bad diets more prone to cancer? If so, what cancers?

Are obese people or people with bad diets more prone to cancer?  If so, what cancers?

Very much so: The most commonly associated cancers of increased risk with obese persons are/involve(in no particular order): - gallbladder - esophagus(food pipe) - pancreas - colon - breast - uterine - kidney - thyroid ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more