Obesity linked to at least 13 cancer types

Maintaining a healthy weight is critical to avoiding cancer, with body fatness now strongly associated with an increased risk of 13 different types of the deadly disease.

A review of more than 1000 studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, has linked an additional eight types of cancer to being overweight or obese.

These cancers include stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, thyroid, meningioma - a type of brain tumour - and blood cancer multiple myeloma.

Strong evidence was already available to link being overweight or obese to cancer of the oesophagus, colorectal cancer, breast cancer in postmenopausal women, and uterine and kidney cancers.

Paul Grogan, Director of Public Policy at Cancer Council Australia, says we could assume that based on the new analysis, released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC),