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Obesity and Body Composition

RACHEL BALLARD-BARBASH, CHRISTINE FRIEDENREICH, MARTHA SLATTERY and INGER THUNE

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0022
Obesity and Body Composition

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This chapter presents an overview of the state of scientific evidence for the association between obesity-related risk factors and cancer. Data provide convincing evidence of a positive association of overweight and obesity with cancers of the colon (among men), renal cell, postmenopausal breast, endometrium, and probable evidence of a positive association with colon cancer (among women), adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and gastric cardia, and thyroid cancer (among women). On the other hand, the chapter states, epidemiologic studies do not demonstrate an association of weight or BMI with prostate cancer incidence.

Keywords: cancer risk; obesity; weight; body mass index; risk factors

Chapter.  29315 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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