Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

New Data on Obesity and Cancer in Young Persons

January 18, 2024 — Cancer is rising in young persons and it appears that obesity is playing a role. Of course, this is not to say that obesity tells the whole story. Cancer prevalence patterns present a complex puzzle – just as obesity prevalence does. A Continuing Shift Toward Younger Persons Yesterday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, […]

More Evidence That Metabolic Surgery Lowers Cancer Risk

August 24, 2023 — Let’s start with a few simple facts. Obesity causes cancer. Not every kind of cancer, but for at least a dozen types of cancer, obesity can clearly play a causal role. Scientists attribute between four and eight percent of all cancers to obesity. It is also true that, for now, the most effective single treatment […]

Health Stigma and the Human Impulse for Denial

June 11, 2023 — Health stigma presents a difficult problem because it prompts competing human impulses of cruelty and denial. Together, these impulses get in the way of better health. Attach stigma to a disease or a health condition and the people who have it begin to feel socially undesirable and isolated. So understandably, they may hide the condition, […]

Bariatric Surgery Cuts Cancer Risk from Obesity

May 2, 2023 — Yet again we are reminded that bariatric surgery has quite an impressive record for improving the health of people with obesity. In a retrospective cohort study of 55,789 patients receiving bariatric surgery, risk of obesity-related cancer came down by half. Researchers matched the non-surgical control group using propensity scores for demographics, comorbidity, hormone therapy, and […]

Colon Cancer and Obesity in Young Persons

March 21, 2023 — Both colon cancer and obesity are rising in young people. In fact, a new report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians suggests colorectal cancer is on the way to becoming the deadliest cancer for people under 50. While colon cancer death rates are dropping for older persons, they are headed in the opposite direction […]

How Obesity Causes Some Cancers

June 9, 2021 — Obesity can cause cancers. But how does this work? And is obesity getting in the way of reducing deaths from cancer? New research sheds light on these questions. It points to the role of immune function in both diseases. It also offers clues for the path to better solutions. Myeloid Cells and Immune Function Much […]

Losing a Year of Lifespan in the First Half of 2020

February 19, 2021 — The lifespan expected for a baby born in America during the first half of 2020 dropped by a year, compared to what it was in 2019. But for a Black child, the drop in life  expectancy (2.7 years) was more than three times worse than for a White child (0.8 years). Life expectancy for a […]

Obesity Care and Prevention: Less Death and Cancer?

August 26, 2020 — Can obesity care and prevention lead to less death, cancer, and other complications of obesity? This question has been a hard one to answer. For one thing, we’re not too good at prevention. Obesity rates keep going up, not down. However, on the plus side, we have pretty good data on preventing death, cancer, and […]

ObesityWeek: Ten Top Take-Home Messages

November 9, 2019 — We’ve had our full dose of Las Vegas. But ObesityWeek has given us more to think about than shows and casinos. With record attendance of 5,800, it was more than any one person could absorb. No doubt, everyone has returned home with a different experience from ObesityWeek. So here are our ten top take-home messages. […]

Patterns of Obesity-Related Cancers Shifting Younger

September 12, 2019 — Yet another study tells us that obesity may be re-shaping the patterns of cancer. Writing in JAMA Network Open, scientists from Case Western Reserve University tell us that obesity-related cancers are shifting into younger people. Like obesity, cancer is a chronic disease. So a shift into younger persons means more health costs and more suffering […]