Obesity linked to ovarian cancer

August 31, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Women's Health

Obesity linked to ovarian cancer

A recent study from researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Women's Cancer Research Institute at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, have found that obesity has been linked to ovarian cancer.

Obesity has been linked to an increased risk of bowel, kidney, oesophageal and stomach cancers, as well as womb and breast cancers.
The study, published in the journal, Cancer, reviewed data of more than 200 women with ovarian cancer and found that obesity leads to more aggressive types of ovarian cancer. Obese women were more likely to have mucinous types of tumours and tended to have non-serous types as well.

It is estimated that one in 60 women will develop ovarian cancer during their lifetime. For more information on ovarian cancer in Canada, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Canada website.

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