October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the very real connection between carrying extra body weight and fat and your risk of developing cancer.

Here is a very informative video from the American Cancer Society on ways you can reduce your cancer risk through behaviors that promote weight loss, but first some basic facts and statistics:

  • The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are related to body fatness, physical inactivity, and/or poor nutrition.
  • Being overweight or obese is clearly linked to Breast, Colon, Endometrial, Esophageal, Kidney, and Pancreatic cancers.
  • Being overweight or obese also increases risk of Gallbladder, Liver, Cervical, Ovarian Cancers, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple myeloma
  • Most studies indicate that physically active women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than inactive women.
  • Obesity-related pain or irregular hormone levels can disguise some of the early warning signs of some cancers.