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Overweight and Obesity Linked to Higher Cancer Risks in Large Danish Study

Overweight and obesity were associated with higher risks of several common cancers in a 40-year, nationwide Danish study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 12:01 am EST

Overweight and obesity were associated with higher risks of several common cancers in a 40-year, nationwide Danish study.

In the Journal of Internal Medicine study, there were 20,706 cancers among 313,321 adults diagnosed with overweight and obesity compared with 18,480 cancers that were expected based on information from the general population. This corresponds to a 12% higher risk associated with overweight and obesity.

Having type 2 diabetes or alcoholism-related diseases in addition to overweight or obesity was linked with even higher risks.

The increased risk was seen for cancers previously identified as obesity-related, including pancreatic and postmenopausal breast cancers, as well as for blood and neurological cancers.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joim.13013

About Journal 

Journal of Internal Medicine (JIM), with its International Advisory Board, has developed into a highly successful journal since it was launched in its revised form in 1989. With an Impact Factor of 6.051, Journal of Internal Medicine now ranks 14th among the 160 journals in the General & Internal Medicine category.

  • Established in 1863.
  • Features original clinical articles within the broad field of general and internal medicine and its sub-specialties.
  • A fully international journal publishing articles in English from all over the world.
  • Peer-reviewed and published in both print and online versions.

JIM also supports and organizes scientific meetings in the form of symposia within the scope of the journal.

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