In fact, oncologists say that aside from quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is actually the best thing you can do to minimise your risk of cancer, due to the increasing links they’re finding between obesity and cancer rates.
“It’s on track to overtake tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer,” Therese Bevers, MD, medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center told Oprah.com.
While scientists are still unsure why the relationship between obesity and cancer exists, there is growing evidence to suggest a connection, with researchers finding your weight affects your risk of certain cancers more than others.
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In a study published last year in The Lancet, researchers based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed the link between body mass index (BMI) and the risk of 22 of the most common cancer types, using the anonymised health data of over five million UK adults.