Friday, May 19, 2006

Few know being fat is a cancer risk

Few know being fat is a cancer risk
Source: UPI

ATLANTA (UPI) -- Being overweight is a risk factor for many forms of cancer, but few know it, according to a U.S. survey.

Eighty-three percent of Americans recognize the link of being overweight to heart disease, while 57 percent know the link to diabetes, but only 8 percent understand there is a connection between being overweight and cancer.

Seventeen percent of the survey respondents said they knew their body mass index score, compared to 39 percent who said they knew their cholesterol number, 63 percent their blood type and 65 percent knew the number of judges on Fox's "American Idol," according to the survey commissioned by American Cancer Society.

"While the problem of overweight and obesity in the United States has received much greater attention in recent years, cancer risk has often been missing from that conversation," said Dr. Carolyn D. Runowicz, president of the American Cancer Society.

"Given what we know about the impact of excess weight on cancer risk, and given the trends on weight status in this country, we want people to be aware that their weight could be putting them at risk for cancer."
Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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