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IARC Identifies Eight Additional Cancer Sites Linked to Overweight and Obesity

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A new evaluation carried out by the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention programme has concluded that overweight/obesity is a risk factor for more cancer sites than previously established.

Based on a systematic review of the published scientific literature, the Working Group for IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention Volume 16: Body Fatness provided the latest evaluation of the cancer-preventive effects of the absence of excess body fatness. A summary of the results is published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

A Working Group of 21 independent international experts, convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), assessed more than 1000 studies, including intervention trials, cohort and case–control studies, studies in experimental animals, and studies on the mechanisms linking excess body fatness and cancer. Read more . . .

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