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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Too much fat can lead to cancer

KUALA LUMPUR: Being overweight or obese exposes an individual to a higher risk of contracting cancer, besides other chronic diseases, experts said yesterday.

Malaysian Nutrition Society president Dr Tee E Siong said excessive fat accumulation in the body increased the risk of getting cancer of the bowel, oesophagus, pancreas, kidney, endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus) and breasts.

“Women with weight problems would have a higher risk of breast cancer post menopause compared with those who maintain a healthy weight,” he said, quoting a World Cancer Research Fund report.

“Although we know that smoking increases the risk of oesophagus cancer, for example, how fat accumulated in certain parts of the body turns to cancer is not clearly known.

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