Thursday, January 14, 2016

Online tool shows global scale of obesity-related cancer

“Obesity has become the new major discussion about the causes of diseases in various populations," said IARC scientist Dr Isabelle Soerjomataram, who was involved in the project. (image:
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The impact of obesity on cancer rates across the world – and how many cases could have been prevented – is made clear with an online data tool, launched by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) last month.

Based on data previously published in the Lancet Oncology Journal, the tool shows the extent to which the number of cancer cases in 2012 could have been prevented if obesity rates, measured using body mass index (BMI) values, had remained unchanged since 1982.

Users can filter the data according to cancer type, country and sex.

With 42,412 preventable cases, North America tops the charts with more than double the number of cases in Latin America and the Caribbean (17, 153).

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