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Obesity May Increase The Risk of Primary/Secondary Cancer in Men:

For individuals who have not yet been diagnosed with cancer, and are obese, there has been a new link made between the two due to the results of a study published in the Journal Of Clinical Oncology. According to this study, there is a higher risk for secondary primary cancer (SPCs) for men if they suffer from being obese as well.

  • Researchers found that more than 4700 patients had cancer in a follow up checkup: Within survivors of cancer, it was discovered that in over 1.6 million years of following up of 239,615 male cancer victims in Korea, 4799 of them had secondary primary cancers. This analysis was done before any primary cancer had been diagnosed by the researchers. Sang Min Park of the Seoul National University College of Medicine was the one who started research along this tangent.
  • Occurrence of cancer in obese people was ten percent higher: It was found that amongst those who had survived their cancer, those who were obese had a 1.1 time higher risk of having cancer manifest in them. The Body Mass Index, as well as kidneys, livers, colorectal, lymphoma occurrences, as well as obesity related cancers all showed a positive rising graph.
  • This hazard was most seen in highly obese participants: It was seen that after adjusting the ratio for hazards, in those who had a BMI of more than 30, i.e., the severely obese, these values were much higher. Compared to the control group with people with an average BMI, the obese ones had a ratio of 1.41 versus the average of one point 1.2.

One of the major risk factors in detecting SPCs, especially in male survivors of cancers has thus been proved to be obesity, though further research will have to be done to confirm this.

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