Overweight cancer patients may benefit from being tested for malnutrition, according to a new study. Obesity increases the risk for cancer, so many patients are overweight or obese at diagnosis, and are typically not screened for malnutrition because they appear to be well-nourished, the authors write in the Annals of Oncology.

Obese cancer patients also tend to survive longer than underweight patients and that may further discourage nutritional screening, they add.

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