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New Cancer Risks Piling On

New Cancer Risks Piling On

In the NFL, a scramble for a fumble usually results in a pile of players, all vying for the football. But when a player gets to the party late and “piles on,” his team incurs a 15-yard penalty. (Ditto if he pulls an opponent off the pile.)

Clearly, piling on is never a good thing—especially if you’re overweight or obese and piling on bad food choices. We’ve known for a while that your risk for some cancers goes up as you gain weight: for women, it boosts breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer; for men prostate; and for everyone, colon, renal (kidney), esophageal, pancreatic, thyroid and gallbladder cancers.

A meta-study put together by the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that the risk for stomach and liver cancer, meningioma (a type of brain tumor), breast cancer in men, lymphoma and multiple myeloma (a blood cancer) also goes up as the pounds pile on. It seems cancer really likes fat cells.

So pull the Five Food Felons (all trans and most saturated fats, any added sugars or syrups, and any grain isn’t 100 percent whole) off that pile on your plate! And pair that with an exercise or walking regimen (aiming for 10,000 steps a day): A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that regular exercise produces a 7 percent lower risk of developing any type of cancer and a 20 percent lower risk of cancers of the esophagus, lung, kidney, stomach and endometrium.

Medically reviewed in May 2018.

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