Obesity Ups Cancer Death Risk in Asia-Pacific Region

Published:July 4th, 2010

(HealthDay News) – A study has been conducted further establishing evidence that obesity significantly increases cancer deaths in the Asia-Pacific Region. The results of this study on the June 29 issue of The Lancet Oncology.

It has been found out that obese and overweight people are more subjected to cancer deaths compared to people of normal weight. Proponents of this study have gathered, sampled, and analyzed the data from more than 400,000 adults in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. It was found out that about 6 to 21 percent were more likely to die from cancer than their healthier counterparts within the normal weight measurements. This excludes lung and upper digestive tract complications. Particularly, obese people were significantly more likely to die from rectal, colon, ovarian, prostate, cervical cancers, including leukemia. It was also found out that obese and overweight women of over age 60 were exposed to risks of breast cancer death compared to normal weight people.

Though differences of diet and lifestyle factors affecting this risk were noted, the study did not conclude whether this particular risk had higher instances of cancer mortality in Western populations for samples having the same BMI or body mass index. It concentrated on Asian populations and it did not include the possibilities for increased risk pertaining to cardiovascular complications and diabetes, according to Christine Parr of Norway’s University of Oslo.

The study further concluded with a recommendation that there is a need for more effective approaches of delimiting the population of overweight and obese people in Asian populations if the burden of cancer mortality has to be reduced.

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