Health Team

Weight control could reduce pancreatic cancer risk

Posted June 23, 2009

Researchers have found that weight control may reduce a person’s risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

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“Increasing evidence suggests that there is association between being overweight and obesity with the risk of pancreatic cancer,” said Dr. Donghui Li, of the Anderson Cancer Center.

It’s estimated that nearly 27 percent of all cases of this highly lethal cancer are due in part to excess weight.

Researchers wanted to see if the age at which someone became overweight or obese had any impact.

In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found being overweight or obese a year prior to diagnosis decreased a patient's survival time.

Being overweight or obese as a teen or younger adult significantly increased the risk of pancreatic cancer later in life.

“Weight control at an early age, at young adulthood is most important to reduce the risk of cancer,” Li said.

Study authors say further research is needed to discover what happens inside the body when individuals are overweight and how that might increase their risk for disease.

Before learning he had pancreatic cancer Roger Giles weighed about 270 pounds. He said living in south Louisiana helped contribute to his diet of high fat and fried foods.

Now down to a healthier 185 pounds, Giles said he wishes he could change his past habits.

“It’s a terrible price to pay for being overweight,” Giles said.


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  • vote4changeASAP Jun 24, 2009

    Your grandparents probably consumed eggs, butter, and lard most of their lives before they were mislead about eating unnatural fats.

  • Karmageddon Jun 24, 2009

    Wow. I guess if my grandparents hadn't eaten all that fried food they would have lived to be a hundred instead of just 90 something

  • 68_polara Jun 24, 2009

    Very good information "vote for change in 2012" Thanks!

    I guess I be skipping Wendys for lunch today.

  • vote4changeASAP Jun 24, 2009

    What most people do no realize is that food is not digested in the stomach.

    Digestion occurs when the pancreas releases enzymes to break down foods. Raw foods contain their own enzymes where as "dead" foods, food that is cooked, baked, boiled, etc., relys on enzymes created by the pancreas. Foods high in unnatural fats such as Crisco (partially hydrogenated oils) and processed vegetable oils stress the pancreas and are linked to causing cancer.

    Avoid anything fried.