Monitoring weight gain can help keep cancer at bay. - Filepic
Being overweight boosts the risk of ten types of cancer, according to a study from the UK of five million adults.
Researchers calculated that 12,000 cases of these ten cancers every year in the UK were attributable to excess body weight. If current trends continue, “there could be over 3,500 extra cancers every year as a result,” said a statement issued with the study, the largest of its kind, published in The Lancet medical journal.
Measured as a ratio of weight in kilogrammes-to-height in metres squared, a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and 30 plus as obese.