Cancer increasing in younger adults as obesity increases

[WCCO Radio, Feb. 5, 2019] Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released by the American Cancer Society. The six obesity-related cancers that showed startling increases among younger adults were colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, kidney, pancreatic and multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. Most of these cancers have traditionally shown up in patients later in life, usually in their 60s and 70s.

Surgical oncologist, Dr. Ann Callahan, with Allina Health’s Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, talked with WCCO Radio about this link between obesity, cancer and younger people.

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