While it is not fully understood why obesity puts people at higher risk for certain cancers, several studies have shown a correlation between the two, as well as other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. While researchers are still trying to interpret the possible reasons for this relationship, some have suggested that inflammation, insulin, and other hormones affected by obesity may be factors. Alaska Oncology and Hematology, LLC, in Anchorage provides patients with cutting-edge treatments for cancer and blood disease while offering support and comfort to make things go as smoothly as possible and be on the road to recovery.

Does Obesity Increase Cancer Risk?

cancerIt is estimated that obesity contributes to 1 in 5 deaths due to cancer. Obesity has been shown to increase your risk of breast, colorectal, esophageal, kidney, and pancreatic cancers. 

Obesity only enhances the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women, although women who are overweight in their youth are at a higher risk for certain cancers than women who gained weight later on. Stomach fat, which puts you at risk for heart disease, is also a risk for certain types of cancers.

Why Obesity?

While researchers haven’t quite pinned down why obesity increases cancer risk, they speculate that inflammation in the body caused by obesity may cause damage to DNA, which can lead to cancer. Fat tissue itself may also be to blame, as it produces higher levels of estrogen which can lead to breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers. Fat tissue also affects cell growth, which can increase cancer risk.

At Alaska Oncology and Hematology, LLC, in Anchorage, oncologists and nurses are committed to providing state-of-the-art cancer treatments and a comfortable and warm environment to help patients overcome their disease. Call today at (907) 279-3155, or visit them online.