Higher risk for overweight and obese women

Overweight and obese women are at higher risk of developing and dying from cancer, including breast cancer in postmenopausal women, colon cancer in premenopausal women, and pancreatic and kidney cancer generally. A study of more than 1 million British women finds that overweight or obesity is to blame for about 5 percent of all cancer cases. That’s about 6,000 out of the 120,000 cancers affecting British women each year. Obesity’s link to cancer risk appeared to be associated with menopause for certain tumor types. For example, postmenopausal overweight or obese women had a 40 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer, while premenopausal and overweight women had a 61 percent increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, the researchers found. Also Researchers found a definite link between excess fat and cancers of the esophagus, pancreas, colon and rectum, endometrium and kidneys in all women, as well as breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Women should not gain weight in adulthood and maintain a weight that puts you on the lean end of normal weight, this is also a benefit in preventing heart disease, diabetes and other medical problems, and maintaining a good quality of life.