10-year study shows obesity increases risk for 12 cancers

But the largest risk was for pancreatic cancer, which saw a 91 percent increased risk for women who gained this level of weight in middle age.

Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, Steve Pratt, says he supports the WCRF's recent statement.

Over 18 years of follow-up, almost 10,000 women developed obesity-related cancers, da Silva's team found. It contains information on what positive steps people can take to reduce their risk (the "good news' is that there are things you can do to reduce your cancer risk) and shows that in most cases it isn't a single food or nutrient that makes a difference-there are no magic bullets-the important thing is what you eat and drink, your weight and how active you are through your lifetime". The WCRF points out that being overweight leads to 12 types of the disease, including cancers of the bowel, gallbladder, prostate, and stomach.

Even small amounts of processed meats and booze increase the risk of a number of cancers outlined in World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) guidelines, which are updated once a decade.

So while we wait for a cure, it turns out we have to actually look after our bodies, and that, in turn, will help reduce the risks of cancer. Processed meats like bacon increase risk of colorectal, lung, stomach, pancreas, and esophagus. "But for cancer prevention, we are confident that for most people eating the right food and drink is more likely to protect against cancer than taking dietary supplements".

It also encouraged mothers to breastfeed babies and for people to follow all the recommendations listed as part of the report - even after a cancer diagnosis.

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This time around, there are separate recommendations that urge people to limit their consumption of processed foods - to help control calorie intake - and soft drinks, urging people to instead "drink mostly water and unsweetened drinks".

And as more countries adopt Western lifestyles with sedentary living and obesity-causing foods, cancer rates are expected to spike 58% by 2035, causing 24 million global deaths per year, the researchers said.

"If current trends continue, overweight and obesity are likely to overtake smoking as the number one risk factor for cancer".

Dr Giota Mitrou, of the World Cancer Research Fund, said there is "very strong evidence for a package of lifestyle behaviours as a blueprint for cancer prevention".

"Rather, different patterns of diet and physical activity combine to create a metabolic state that makes you more or less susceptible to cancer".

By following avoiding processed meat, red meat, and dairy, as well as other factors like avoiding sugary drinks and large quantities of alcohol, and committing to regular exercise, the WCRF claims that one can reduce the risk of cancer by 40 percent. She also called on the government to act to curb junk food marketing.

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