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Obesity is 'The New Smoking'

Two out of three adult Americans are at greater risk for getting cancer, because they are overweight. However, only about 50 percent of Americans even know that obesity is a cancer risk.

Every year about 100,000 Americans get a cancer they wouldn't have gotten if they were not overweight. Obesity can raise the risk for a colon, postmenopausal breast, endometrial, kidney and esophageal, liver, gallbladder, pancreatic and ovarian cancers.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"'Obesity is almost like the new smoking,'" says Dr. Anne McTiernan, director of the Prevention Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. 'The effect isn't as big for most cancers, but it's so prevalent that it will have a huge impact.'"

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