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Being Overweight Increases Cancer Risk

The American Institute for Cancer Research has released a report showing that being overweight is a "probable" cause of ovarian cancer (February 11, 2014). The report also states that breast feeding and taking oral contraceptives can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is often fatal primarily because it usually does not cause any symptoms until it has spread to other parts of the body. Almost 70 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 55 or older.

Why Obesity Increases Risk for Cancer
Overweight people usually have high levels of insulin that can cause tumors to grow and spread. Fat tissue produces the female hormone, estrogen, that can stimulate breast and uterine cells to become cancerous.

Other Cancers Associated with Being Overweight
Obesity is also associated with cancers of the colon, pancreas, kidney, uterus, esophagus, gallbladder and thyroid and postmenopausal breast cancer. Avoiding overweight could prevent more than 120,000 cancer deaths each year. Losing weight can also help to prevent diabetes and heart attacks.

March 16th, 2014
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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