Sunday, June 22, 2008

'Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Cancer Risk'

Article here.

A new study by researchers in Montreal shows that obese adults who undergo weight-loss surgery can dramatically reduce their cancer risks, Reuters reports.

Scientists at McGill University tracked 1,035 overweight patients who underwent bariatric surgery as well as nearly 5,800 adults who matched the surgery group in age, sex, and weight but did not undergo the stomach-shrinking surgery. They found that those who underwent the operation cut their cancer risks by 80% compared to their peers who did not have bariatric surgery.

Breast cancer risk showed the biggest decline, dropping a whopping 85%. . . .

Risks dropped markedly for breast cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, skin cancer, uterine cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to the study. . . .

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