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Waist size could predict risk of developing cancer: WHO study

Excess body fat can change hormones and insulin levels leading to increased cancer risk

Press Trust of India  |  London 

People with an expanding waistline may be at a greater risk of developing certain cancers, including bowel, breast and pancreatic, a new WHO study warned today. Waist measurement is as good at predicting cancer risk as body mass index (BMI), which is a ratio of weight to height, said researchers from International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO), the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO). They found that adding about 11 centimetres (cm) to the waistline increased the risk of obesity related cancers by 13 per cent. For bowel cancer, adding around ...

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First Published: Thu, May 25 2017. 04:55 IST
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