In a recent report, the researchers revealed a sharp rise in the rate of cancer forms caused by obesity in young adults across the US. The new finding is concerning as it might also surge the cancer-related mortality rates which are in decline, so far.
The survey revealed that the obesity-linked cancers in young adults have been on the rise between 1995 and 2015, affecting both women and men, almost equally. For example, in adults between 45 and 49 years of age, pancreatic cancer rates increased by more than one percent, while in populations between 30 and 34, the average increased totaled to two percent.
“Our findings expose a recent change that could serve as a warning of an increased burden of obesity-related cancers to come in older adults,” explained Ahmedin Jemal of the American Cancer Society, and the new study’s co-author.
But the primary concern the scientists have is that the mortality rates could rise again, even though, at the moment, is on the decline.
Cancer Forms Caused by Obesity Are Now On The Rise in Young Adults Across the US
“Obesity is now one of the most preventable causes of cancer in the US and UK — around 1 in 12 cases in the US are caused by excess weight and more than 1 in 20 in the UK,” reported Ahmedin Jemal.
“The investigators speculate that these findings are driven in part by the obesity epidemic, a hypothesis that is both provocative and plausible,” also said Catherine Marinac from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
On the other hand, the obesity-linked cancers that have been revealed as the most prevalent in the recent survey were pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, a rare form of bone marrow cancer (known as multiple myeloma), and a few others. However, the rest of the cancer forms caused by obesity reported by
UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) did not show similar increases. Diet might be the cause.
“The quality of the American diet has worsened in recent decades,” concluded the study’s leading author Hyuna Sung.