Obesity behind surge in kidney cancers

Anne Li                                                                                                April 29th, 2017


An estimated 20,000 kidney cancer cases have been caused by obesity over the last decade in England. Kidney cancer rates have increased by 40 per cent over the last 10 years in the UK, and the rise is expected to continue. Cancer Research UK projections show that by 2035 rates could increase by a further 26 per cent in the UK, making kidney one of the fastest growing cancer types. Around a quarter (24 per cent) of kidney cancer cases are linked to carrying excess weight, and 24 per cent are linked to smoking. Research shows that obesity is linked to 13 types of cancer, including kidney cancer. Scientists have yet to unravel exactly how being overweight or obese causes kidney cancer, but one explanation could be insulin resistance.  


See original article at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2017-04-24-obesity-behind-surge-in-kidney-cancers

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