Being overweight earlier in life may increase risk of colon cancer in women
the ONA take:
According to a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers have found that women who were overweight as children and teens may have an increased risk of colon cancer despite their current weight.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from over 75,000 American women and more than 34,000 American men.
During an average follow-up of 22 years, there were 2,100 cases of colon cancer. Results showed that women who were overweight as young children had a 28% increased risk of developing colon cancer compared with women who were lean in childhood.
In addition, women were overweight in their teens had a 27% increased risk of colon cancer compared with women who were lean during their teens. There was no increased risk of colon cancer in men who were overweight earlier in life.
Although this study shows an association between being overweight during a woman's childhood and teen years and colon cancer, it does not prove cause and effect.
The findings suggest the importance of helping children choose healthy habits.
Women who were overweight as children and teens may have an increased risk of colon cancer despite their current weight.
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