Obesity and Colon Cancer Linked

Obesity is known to increase postmenopausal women’s risk of developing colon cancer. However, new research shows it may also raise their risk of dying from it.

Researchers culled data from more than 1,000 cases of colon cancer diagnosed between 1986 and 2005. They documented each woman’s body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio and waistline, and found that obese women were 45 percent more likely to die than their healthy-weight counterparts.

WGN America reports:

“The researchers noted belly fat’s particular link to mortality rates; those women with a high waist-to-hip ratio had a 30-40 percent increased chance of dying specifically because of colon cancer.”

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