Increasing numbers of middle-aged Americans appear to be developing cancers that can be associated with obesity, new data suggest.
And the increase in these cancers among 50- to 64-year-olds parallels the rising rates of obesity, researchers say.
In their analysis of more than six million cancer cases, researchers found that obesity-associated cancers appeared to be shifting to younger people, including those under 50, according to the report published in JAMA Network Open.
“Obesity creates a state of constant low-grade inflammation, as well as multiple growth stimulating factors, all of which can accelerate the development of cancer,” explained the study’s lead author, Siran Koroukian, an associate professor in the department of population and quantitative Health Sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and director of the Population Cancer Analytics Shared Resource at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, both in Cleveland, Ohio.
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