Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group (Article NEJM)

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N Engl J Med 2016; 375:794-798August 25, 2016DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr1606602

The experts confirmed the previous evaluation of the IARC Handbooks (Volume 6, published in 2002) that the absence of excess body fatness reduces the risk of cancers of the colon and rectum, oesophagus (adenocarcinoma), kidney (renal cell carcinoma), breast in postmenopausal women, and endometrium of the uterus.

“This comprehensive evaluation reinforces the benefits of maintaining a healthy body weight in order to reduce the risk of several different types of cancer,” says Dr Béatrice Lauby-Secretan, lead author of the new article.

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