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'Obesity raises cancer risk'

Obesity raises risk of 10 types of cancer in middle-aged women, an Independent and Daily Express report.

Obesity raises risk of 10 types of cancer in middle-aged women, an Independent and Daily Express report.

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Having a Body Mass Index between 25 and 30 doubles the risk of certain cancers, mostly of the womb and breast, finds Britain's largest study of the link between weight and ma-lignant disease funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the BMJ. Researchers at the University of Oxford examined data from 1.2 million women aged between 50 and 64 and found being overweight accounts for around 6,000 out of a total of 120,000 new cancer cases each year among middle-aged and older British women.

EXPERT VIEW:

Dr Alexis Willett, policy manager at Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: ‘This research adds to our increasing knowledge that being overweight or obese after the menopause can increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer.

‘As being overweight is associated with a variety of health problems, we recommend women maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives to help reduce the risk of many diseases and promote general good health.'

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