Is this tied to nearly half of all cancer in America?

Is this tied to 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% 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%.

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.”

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  1. Over 90% of people who lose weight gain it back. The medical community has no real solution for people who battle their own physiology daily in the fight against obesity. You must eat – can’t just say no – so it’s a constant struggle. This article assumes ‘counseling’ will help. It won’t.

  2. Actually, counseling will help if the person is committed willing and able to change behaviors. Studies indicate that habits can change, but people must dedicate at least three weeks to the new behaviors to form new habits. For anyone who reads the wide range of articles in this series, notice how often diet and exercise are noted as key elements to healthy living.

  3. You bet counseling helps! I was diagnosed with low grade prostate cancer at 56 years old. One of twelve cores came up positive. I was looking for alternative treatments having a less aggressive cancer. I found an oncologist that believes in nutrition and moderate exercise. I joined a clinical trial called MEALS, I worked with a nutrition coach for 2 years while participating in the study. I lost 30 lbs from 210 to 180 and have kept it off. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet. It has been 5 years now and my PSA has stabilized at 1.0. Had 2 biopsies since and no cancer was found.. I feel better than ever! I could not have made the change without the counseling.

  4. Too many presumptions from the medical field. Lots of reasons people are overweight besides poor nutrition. Many are emotional eaters who need psychological help. I’m 72 and disease free except for low thyroid. I’ve hardly been in the hospital except from the complications of bariatric surgery. I’ve been overweight since puberty. So it’s all a another set up by the medical profession like the wonderful upside down food pyramid they’ve been promoting forever. We are not all alike.

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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.