Oncology Society Releases Statement on Dangers of Obesity

One of the leading groups of cancer care specialists, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), says that immediate action needs to be taken to blunt the rise of obesity-related cancers in the United States. It’s predicted that obesity will soon overtake tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer in the United States, and according to the group, by 2030 nearly a half million Americans will be diagnosed with obesity-related cancers each year.

These alarming trends have prompted the American Society of Clinical Oncology to create a multi-pronged initiative to address the impact of obesity on cancer care. The steps include increased awareness and education about the links between obesity and cancer, greater access to obesity screening, diagnosis and treatment, development of new tools and resources for health care providers, and intensified and coordinated research efforts. The statement is one of the first to highlight the importance of obesity screening and treatment as a measure to reduce the incidence of cancer and improve prognoses.

As this cancer society addresses, obesity is not a “cosmetic issue,” but can wreak havoc on the entire body. Maintaining a healthy weight decreases these effects and reduces the risk of many serious health conditions, including several cancers, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. For people who are struggling with obesity, and worried about current or future health implications of extra weight, bariatric surgery can be the best option.

This article is for informational purposes only.

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