Increased risk of large bowel cancer for each 1 cm rise in waist circumference

Increased risk of large bowel cancer for each 1 cm rise in waist circumference

Experts speaking at the 23rd United European Gastroenterology Week (UEG Week 2015) in Barcelona, Spain today revealed compelling evidence of the link between excess body weight and risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). 

Researchers presented data showing an overall increase of 18% in relative risk of CRC per 5 unit increase in BMI.

CRC risk was increased by nearly 60% in men who gained at least 10 cm in waist circumference over 10 years. 

There is now compelling evidence that improved lifestyle, particularly better dietary choices and being more physically active, can help to prevent obesity and this will lower bowel cancer risk". In addition, for those people who are already too heavy, losing weight may reduce their CRC risk but this is an area which requires further study, author said.

https://www.ueg.eu/press/releases/ueg-press-release/article/monday-26-october-2015-1300-cet-ueg-week-increased-risk-of-large-bowel-cancer-for-each-1-cm-rise/
 
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