Thursday, March 13, 2014

Obesity Increases Risk of Ovarian Cancer

A recent states that the obesity can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. This researched was based on data collected from 25 population-based studies linked to the weight, diet, the physical activity and the risk of ovarian cancer risk. Further the research found that women having Body Mass Index above 30 is classified as obese and at high risk of developing ovarian cancer. Those who have BMI within 25 are slightly overweight but have a lower risk. The findings showed that the ones who were overweight or obese and taller are at the highest risk of developing ovarian cancer. The author of the research Dr. Elisa Bandera, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in New Brunswick explains, “We estimated a 6 percent increase in [ovarian cancer] risk per five [points] increase in body-mass index," said report author, via a press release. What this means for cancer prevention is that prevention efforts need to target the life course, not just adulthood, and families, not just individuals.”

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