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Is obesity a cause of cancer?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

Obesity is the largest nonsmoking lifestyle cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In spite of this, obesity rates continue to rise, especially in children and adolescents. Obesity is a significant risk factor for breast, uterine, kidney, and esophageal cancers and has a moderate effect on colon cancer. Studies suggest that obesity in the United States may account for 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of cancer deaths in women.

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