Millennials have a new reason to worry. It appears that there is a growing risk of cancer related to obesity for younger people. The study analysed cancer diagnoses between 1995 and 2014, and researchers looked at people aged 25 to 84. They discovered that there is an increase in cases for those aged 25 to 34.
Types of cancer
It appears that the increasing risk exists for six out of 12 types of cancer that are linked with obesity in young adults. The younger a generation is, the bigger it risks. The good news is that when it comes to cancers which are not related to obesity, there isn’t a huge change. Out of 18 cancers, only two had increasing rates.
“Although the absolute risk of these cancers is small in younger adults, these findings have important public health implications,” said Ahmedin Jemal, DVM Ph.D., scientific vice president of surveillance & health services research and senior/corresponding author of the paper.
The study analysed cancer cases in North America and it used the database which was provided by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. It is unclear whether the same growing risks exists all over the world. Nonetheless, the research shows that obesity-related diseases are becoming more dangerous and new measures need to be found for them.
“Given the large increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among young people and increasing risks of obesity-related cancers in contemporary birth cohorts, the future burden of these cancers could worsen as younger cohorts age, potentially halting or reversing the progress achieved in reducing cancer mortality over the past several decades. Cancer trends in young adults often serve as a sentinel for the future disease burden in older adults, among whom most cancer occurs,” concluded Jemal.