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GARNER, IA – Links between obesity and heart problems are well documented, but the American Cancer Society is working to make the public more aware of a link between being overweight and incidents of cancer.
Dr. John Brady with the Garner Medical Clinic says the link is easy to understand.
“With obesity, that increases your risk for having insulin problems.” Brady said. “The more insulin the more estrogen that’s produced in the body and that can be contributing to breast cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancers that certainly are prevalent in the us today.”
Statistics have shown one in three cancer-related deaths can be linked to obesity. Brady says while it’s important that people at risk know the dangers of this cancer link, they also understand all the other reasons to work off the weight.
“We try not to focus on one specific disease state because then I think people don’t realize that it contributes to all sorts of other factors,” Brady said. “Besides smoking, decreasing weight and maintaining a healthy weight and increasing exercise are two of the most healthy things that you can do.”
Nearly two-thirds of Iowans are considered overweight or obese. In Minnesota the number is around 65% of the population.
The American Cancer Society’s updated Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention can be found here.