Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Cancer Affecting More Millennials Because of Obesity Epidemic

Cancer Affecting More Millennials Because of Obesity Epidemic

Of the 12 obesity-related cancer types studied, six types showed the largest spike in numbers for young Americans. For example, around two pancreatic cancer cases were diagnosed in every 100,000 25-49 year-old persons per year between 2010-2014, compared with around 37 in every 100,000 50-84 year olds [4]. Millennials were almost five times as likely as baby boomers to develop cancer of the kidneys.

This study was funded by the Intramural Research Department of the American Cancer Society and the Intramural Research Program of the National Cancer Institute.

"A patient who is obese will be at higher risk for complications and often times more severe complications from surgery than someone at an optimal weight", Chang said.

The society says a steep increase in the prevalence of obesity over the last 40 years may have increased the risk among younger people and that the problem could be a set back to the recent progress made in addressing cancer.

Over the six types of obesity-related cancers, the annual increase ranged from less than 1 percent in uterine cancer to 3 percent for kidney cancer among those aged 45 to 49, and from 1 percent for multiple myeloma up to 6 percent for kidney cancer among those aged 25 to 29.

The findings could serve as a warning sign of a future rise in cancer rates as millennials get older, and could "potentially [halt] or [reverse] the progress achieved in reducing cancer mortality over the past several decades", study senior author Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, scientific vice president of surveillance and health services research at the American Cancer Society, said in a statement.

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A sharp increase in obesity-linked cancers among young adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned Monday.

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Building on earlier research suggesting a link between obesity and more frequent colon cancers in young adults, Jamel and colleagues analysed all cancer cases from 1995 to 2015 in 25 USA states home to 67 percent of the population.

Among 25 to 29-year-olds, the rate jumped by 4.4 percent per year.

In addition, millennials (anyone born between 1981 and 1996) these days are twice more likely to develop colorectal, endometrial, pancreatic and gallbladder cancers than baby boomers (people born worldwide between 1946 and 1964) when they were the same age.

"Younger generations are experiencing earlier and longer-lasting exposure to excess fat and to obesity-related health conditions that can increase cancer risk", Jemal said. The study does not provide evidence of a causal relationship between obesity and cancer.

Incidence of multiple myeloma and cancers of the colon, uterus, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas and thyroid increased in younger adults, the findings showed.

[1] Quote direct from author and can not be found in the text of the Article. They extended that analysis by examining recent age-specific trends in 30 types of cancers, including 12 known to be associated with obesity.

Professor Aranda explained that individuals can also take steps to reduce their risk of lifestyle-related cancers.

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