How Much A Decade Of Obesity Raises Your Cancer Risk, WHO Reveals

Published: Aug 17, 2016

The longer a woman is overweight or obese, the more her risk of cancer may increase along with the time.

A new longitudinal study on postmenopausal women, published in the journal PLOS Medicine on Tuesday, reveals that the duration of having a high body mass index is linked to a higher risk of developing several types of cancer, from breast to endometrial.

It's the first study to explore the relationship between overweight duration and cancer risk in a large cohort of women, said Melina Arnold, a scientist at the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer and lead author of the study.

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