What is Data Telling Us?
A long established fact is that there is a relationship between cancer and obesity. In fact, the latest review of studies conveys just how closely associated they are.
Recent data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows that obesity can cause up to thirteen different cancers. This does not only apply to adults. The study also shows that childhood obesity can lead to adulthood cancer.
All in all, the study sheds light on the relationship between cancer and the rate at which one gains weight. So, let’s get into some of the latest data.
How Obesity Relates to Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in US women. There is plenty of evidence that shows how excess weight increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.
For example, some studies show that a weight gain of 15 or more pounds over a 4-year period increases the risk of premenopausal breast cancer by nearly 40%. This impactful study included 77,000 women and followed them for 26 years. Studies also show that women who lost weight reduced overall risk of breast cancer.
That being said, it is possible to take control and follow the necessary precautions for your health. Whether it’s bariatric surgery or something else, Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery has options for you.
How Obesity Relates to Colon and Rectal Cancer
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the US. The latest study showed that for every 5-point increase in BMI, the risk of colon and rectal cancer increased by 30% in men and 12% in women.
It’s essential that those approaching severe obesity take a step back and realize what is worth pursuing and what is not. Your health should never be placed on the back burner. Rather, it is something to aim for, full speed ahead! Your journey may include bariatric surgery. We will help you approach this decision.
How Obesity Relates to Endometrial Cancer
Uterine cancer is the most common reproductive cancer in the US with about 60,000 diagnosed cases every year. The latest evidence showed some astounding numbers.
For patients with a BMI of 30-35, the risk increased by 152%. For those with a BMI of 35-40, there was a 345% risk. Worst of all, individuals with a BMI of 40 or greater experience a 614% increased risk of developing uterine cancer compared to women of normal weight.
In short, these statistics reveal the power of weight loss surgery. At Roller Weight Loss, bariatric surgery is a process that is carefully evaluated and executed. Our end goal is to get you back on track to a happier, healthier life.
How Obesity Relates to Esophageal Cancer
Based on data from 12 different studies, those with a BMI greater than 40 were 4.6 times more likely to develop esophageal cancer. This is compared to those with a BMI of less than 25. For every 5-point increase in BMI, there was a 48% increased chance of developing esophageal cancer. This applied to both genders.
There are numerous other studies that show a similar and close relationship between obesity and cancer of the stomach, pancreas, ovaries, prostate, gallbladder, thyroid, and liver. The relationship is also seen when looking at multiple myeloma and lymphoma studies.
My fellowship training emphasized laparoscopic surgery of the stomach and esophagus. This has allowed me to perform antireflux surgery and esophagectomies using a minimally invasive approach. This type of approach has helped patients experience fewer complications and less pain after surgery, which results in less recovery time.
Our goal at Roller is to get patients back to ordinary life as safely and efficiently as possible.
Above all, your health must be a priority. The health of your loved ones must be a priority. Team Roller is here to help you make this happen.
Bariatric surgery is the fastest, most effective, and most efficient way to lose significant weight and keep it off. There are many reasons to have surgery, but perhaps the most serious one is if your BMI is greater than 35. As seen in the statistics above, a BMI of this level significantly increases cancer risks involving so many different organs.
Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery features the only group of fellowship-trained bariatric and advanced general laparoscopic surgeons in Arkansas. Our team is dedicated to what we do, and want to help you through whatever challenges you are facing.
By Dr. Yong Kwon