Overweight and obesity are associated with cancer

Overweight and obesity are associated with at least 13 different types of cancer. These cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed. About 2 in 3 occur in adults 50-74 years old. Most types of these cancers associated with overweight and obesity increased from 2005-2014. More than half of Americans don’t know that overweight and obesity can increase their risk for cancer. Many things are associated with cancer, but avoiding tobacco use and keeping a healthy weight are among the most important things people can do to lower their risk of getting cancer. Some states and communities are providing support that  can help people get to and keep a healthy weight.

Some states and communities are:

Supporting comprehensive cancer control programs that focus on cancer prevention, education, screening, quality of care,  and survivorship.

Making it easier to choose healthy food options where people live, work, learn, and play.

Building communities that make it safer and easier for people to be physically active.

Partnering with business and civic leaders to make  community changes that increase healthy eating and  active living.

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