Obesity Increases Cancer Risk

A recent report from the American Institute of Cancer Research states that excess body fat is now seen as a major cause of cancer. They studied seven different cancers known to have links with obesity and estimated that obesity may actually be responsible for nearly 100,000 cancer cases annually. The researchers concluded that carrying excess body fat plays a central role in many of the most common cancers. The felt that the reason excess body fat has a link to cancer is because it lowers immune function, increases inflammation, and increases oxidative stress, which all can lead to DNA damage.