Obesity in Teen Years Tied to Colon Cancer Risk in Adulthood

Concerns are growing about weight’s impact on development of chronic disease, researchers say

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Obesity even in adolescence may raise the odds for colon cancer in adulthood, a large new study finds.

Overweight and obese teens in Israel had about a 53 percent higher risk for colon cancer as adults, researchers found.

And for rectal cancer, obesity — but not overweight –was tied to more than double the risk for girls, and 71 percent higher odds for boys, compared to normal-weight teens.

“This study is additional evidence that risk factors for colon cancer operate through the life course,” said Dr. Andrew Chan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The findings “highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight even in childhood,” added Chan, who wasn’t involved in the study.

According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in U.S. men and women, excluding skin cancer.

About 95,500 new cases of colon cancer, and nearly 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, the society says.

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