Obesity and Ovarian Cancer

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Story Updated: Mar 13, 2014

A new analysis suggests that carrying excess weight boosts the risk for developing ovarian cancer.

The conclusion which follows a review of 25 previous studies is outlined in a new report issued by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Collectively, investigators poured through data concerning approximately 4 million women. Among this group, nearly 16,000 ultimately developed ovarian cancer the 5th leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. By stacking weight histories up against disease incidence, the experts determined that ovarian cancer risk goes up by 6% for ever 5-point rise in body mass index a key measure of weight status.

The finding now adds ovarian cancer to a list of other cancers linked to excess body fat- including colorectal, kidney, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer.

And with that in mind, the experts suggest that 20% of these cancers including ovarian cancer may actually be prevented if Americans simply shed excess pounds and maintained a healthy body weight.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines with health information for your entire family.

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