Abdominal Obesity May Be Associated With Colon Cancer Risk

Abdominal Obesity May Be Associated With Colon Cancer Risk
06 Jul 2006

Waist circumference and a person's waist-to-hip ratio were linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

Tobias Pischon, M.D., of the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam, and colleagues examined the link between abdominal obesity and colon and rectal cancer in 368,277 subjects from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. The subjects were followed for an average of 6.1 years.

The authors identified 984 patients with colon cancer and 586 patients with rectal cancer. A large waist, high waist-to-hip ratio, and height were associated with an increased risk of colon cancer in both men and women. In men, high weight and body mass index were also associated with increased risk of colon cancer.

Contact: Gisela Olias, olias@mail.dife.de

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Highlights in the July 5 JNCI

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Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Obesity associated with Colon Cancer risk
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