Is this causing nearly half of all cancer in America?

Is this causing nearly half of all cancer in America?

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that overweight and obesity are associated with 13 different types of cancer, which make up about 40 percent of all diagnosed cancer in the U.S.

The report goes on to say that between 2005 and 2014, cancers associated with overweight and obesity (with the exception of colorectal) have increased by seven percent, while those not associated with weight have decreased by 12 percent.

The 13 cancers associated with being overweight or obese include thyroid, liver, gallbladder, upper stomach, breast in post-menopausal women, pancreas, colorectal, ovarian, uterine, kidney, multiple myeloma, esophageal and meningioma.

More than half of Americans don’t know that the extra weight they are carrying around increases their risk of cancer.

“Obesity remains one of today’s most common and challenging health conditions,” says Jean-Marie Tyner, a nurse practitioner at Advocate Medical Group in Lexington, Ill. “The fact that over half of Americans are unaware of this demonstrates the need for patient education as an integral part of our intervention and treatment.”

The CDC encourages health care providers to counsel their patients on keeping a healthy weight and connecting them with community services that help with easier access to healthy foods.

“Efforts to assist Americans achieve a healthy weight and reduce their cancer risk extend past the clinic doors, however,” says Tyner. “(It) requires commitment from community, business and government leaders.”

Related Posts



  1. I’m not a fan of saying that something is associated with cancer in one spot, and ’causes’ it in another, as in the headline. Anyway, bring one more factor on board: what literally causes obesity? Carbs and to a lesser degree fat, that is, in the diet (what’s left? Protein.). Carbs feed tumors, there’s no question about that, whether they cause them or just enlarge them to the perceptible degree. Perhaps these tumors had various origins, both environmental and genetic, but carbs feed them once they appear.

  2. claytin sabourin February 19, 2019 at 8:33 am · Reply

    A big factor in obesity is serving size. Individuals think because they are on a fad diet that starts fast that they can continue this once they quit this eating fad. You need a healthy life style which includes healthy maintainable eating habits with a non sedentary life style. you never see athletes eating this way long term because it doesn’t work long term.

  3. We must not confuse “carbs” all to be equal. Fruits and vegetables are carbs but are also very beneficial to our health as well as aid in the prevention of many disease states, including cancers. Processed foods are what we should avoid. Fad diets do not work and avoiding one food group is not wise. Balance is the key and the more natural the food is the better.

About the Author

Lynn Hutley
Lynn Hutley

Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.