Obesity could soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of cancer

30 May 2015

Scientists have warned that obesity would soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable cancer.


Speaking at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual conference in Chicago, experts warned that staggering rates of obesity were responsible for the growth of 10 common cancers.


Doctors at the meeting said that growing rates of obesity meant that cancer was now increasingly being diagnosed in individuals up to two decades earlier than it had been in the past. 


The former ASCO president, Dr Clifford Hudis, a New York breast cancer specialist, said the trends meant that young people were increasingly presenting with diseases usually seen in old age.


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