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Excess weight expected to become 2nd leading preventable cause of cancer, after tobacco

May 8, 2019

Excess weight expected to become 2nd leading preventable cause of cancer, after tobacco

 

A  Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)-funded study has found that, unless Canada makes changes, excess weight will become the second leading preventable cause of cancer, following tobacco. 
   
The Canadian Population Attributable Risk of Cancer (ComPARe) study estimated that by 2042, the number of cancer cases due to excess weight will nearly triple, from 7,200 to 21,200. Currently, more than 1 in 2 Canadian adults have excess weight, putting them at increased risk for at least 13 different types of cancer, including breast, colorectal, endometrial and esophageal cancers. 

Published today by renowned international journal, Preventive Medicine, and conducted by CCS in collaboration with a pan-Canadian team of experts, the ComPARe study is the first study of its kind in Canada and estimates the current and future burden of more than 30 different cancer types due to more than 20 different modifiable cancer risk factors. The ComPARe study revealed that as many as 4 in 10 cancer cases can be prevented. In addition, the ComPARe study also showed that currently the top five leading preventable causes of cancer are smoking tobacco, followed by physical inactivity, excess weight, low fruit, and sun. 

Read the news release. 

Visit the ComPARe study website - preventcancer.ca - for results, stats and infographics.