Obesity shortens colon cancer survival11th April 2014
The study included more than 6,700 colon cancer patients. They all calculated their body mass index (BMI) based on self-reports, two years before diagnosis. The patients were followed for an average of five years.
BMI is a measurement of body fat based on weight and height. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.
A higher BMI before diagnosis was associated with increased risk of death from colon cancer and all other causes. The association does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
It was found that, for every 5-point increase in BMI, there was a seven percent higher risk of death from colon cancer and ten-percent higher risk of death from all causes.
The study was scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in San Diego.
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Title: Obesity shortens colon cancer survival
Author: Dan Boyle
Article Id: 25392
Date Added: 11th Apr 2014