We all know the ill-effects of obesity all too well, but a new study sheds light on some scary facts. A study by the Cancer Research UK says obese women have around 40 percent greater risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime than women of a healthy weight. Not only this, it increases a woman's risk of developing at least seven types of cancer - including bowel, post-menopausal breast, gallbladder, womb, kidney, pancreatic and oesophageal cancer. The new statistics find that obese women have around a one in four risk of developing a cancer linked to weight in their lifetime. In a group of 1,000 obese women, 274 will be diagnosed with a bodyweight-linked cancer in their lifetime, compared to 194 women diagnosed in a group of 1,000 healthy weight women. There are different ways that obesity could increase the risk of cancer, and one possibility is that it is linked to a fat cell's production of hormones - especially oestrogen. This hormone is thought to fuel the development of cancer. Dr. Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, said - We know that our cancer risk depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and other aspects of our lives, many of which we can control - helping people understand how they can reduce their risk of developing cancer in the first place remains crucial in tackling the disease.
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