Study: Obesity 'raises cancer risk'

Overweight or obese people are at greater risk of developing cancer, according to a major new study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Body Mass Index 'positively associated' with cancer risk

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The findings, published in the Lancet medical journal, suggest BMI was "positively associated" with 10 most common cancers, including uterus, cervix, thyroid, kidney, liver and colon.

Post-menopausal breast cancer and leukaemia were also a heightened risk, the scientists said.

A person is deemed to be overweight if they have a BMI score, calculated using their weight and height, of 25 to 30 and are obese if it is above 30.

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