In recent years, it has been observed that the number of cancer patients has increased drastically in India. Along with that so has increased number of people suffering from obesity. It has been seen by some obesity surgery doctors that those who are suffering from severe or morbid obesity does carry the risk of cancer. Here are some types of cancers that is caused by obesity.
This is common in women and it mainly occur after menopause. Postmenopausal women who are obese are at more risk of breast cancer than those who have a healthy weight. Fat tissue produces estrogen, which after menopause, becomes a woman’s main source of the hormone. But estrogen fuels some breast cancers. Excess body fat will produce extra estrogen, which increases breast cancer risk.
Obese men and women are more likely to develop colorectal cancer. When the body doesn’t use insulin properly, it results in an increase in blood sugar. This, in turn, increases the risk of colorectal cancer as overweight or obese people are more likely to be insulin resistant.
You are more likely to develop a specific type of cancer in the oesophagus if you are an obese person. When stomach acid moves into the lower part of the oesophagus, it is a risk factor for this type of cancer and GERD is more common in obese people.
Obese people have a 20% to 50% higher risk of this type of cancer than normal-weight people. The pancreas is a major player in metabolic health, since it’s where insulin is made and insulin issues may increase the risk of cancer. Also, the pancreas is surrounded by fat which can produce inflammation and trigger pancreatic cancer cell growth.
The endometrium is the lining of the uterus and the cells there can become malignant, leading to endometrial cancer. It has been seen that both excess estrogen and insulin resistance are the source of endometrial cancer.
There’s about a 60% increase in your risk of gallbladder cancer if you’re obese, and a 20% increase if you’re overweight. The biggest risk factor for cancer in gallbladder in obese people is recurrent gallstones that are basically hardened fluid deposits in the organ.
These are some of the cancers that has a direct link to obesity. If you are suffering from obesity, you could be at risk of these cancers. So, contact your obesity surgery doctor today and get your obesity treated.