The recent research revealed worrisome results: fatness is on its way to become the primary modifiable risk factor for cancer.
Up until now, obesity was the second leading avoidable cause of cancer, with smoking as the number one reason why people get preventable cancers. However, we’ve seen some serious decline in the number of smokers, whereas the rates of obesity are on a steady increase: could this mean that being severely overweight will become the leading cause of preventable cancer deaths?
The newest study by Cancer Research UK seems to suggest so. Smoking cigarettes remains the primary reason why people die from preventable cancers, but obesity is a close second. They are followed by radiation from the sun and sunbeds, drinking alcohol, eating too little fiber, and outdoor air pollution. As the comprehensive analysis of data from 2015 revealed that a staggering 37 percent of all of the cancer cases could have been prevented, the charity group hopes to raise awareness about avoidable causes of cancers. Considering that ‘healthy but obese’ theory is still at large, it seems that informing people about the real scope of health issues that can arise from having excess weight is vital.
The research offers insight into how obesity has the potential to damage one’s health, and it’s just one of many to join numerous studies claiming the same. It would seem that there’s more than enough reason for concern, considering that major health organizations and renowned doctor warn that there is a link between obesity and diabetes, reduced lifespan, heart diseases, and now a third of all cancer cases.
Although having normal BMI and leading what’s considered a healthy lifestyle is not a guarantee you’ll never have cancer, it surely lowers your risk of getting it. That’s, in the end, the point of saying some cancers are preventable: they might not have happened if there wasn’t for damaging habits or choices. So why risk it?
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