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[Correspondence] Translation of the link between cancer and obesity to patients

13 Jan 2018

The report summarised in The Lancet (Oct 14, 2017, p 1716)1 reinforces findings from previous studies that have noted an association between increased body-mass index and some malignancies.2,3 Obesity is a major public health concern and the way in which the link is communicated to patients is paramount to solving this problem. Patients should be made aware that only an association has been observed—ie, increased body-mass index raises the likelihood of the development of some cancers. Several theories have been proposed to explain this link, implying that adipose tissue directly affects malignancy growth.

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