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Weight Loss Reduces Cancer Risk

posted on April 25, 2003

Lose weight and reduce risk of getting cancer.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine says losing weight could prevent one of every six cancer deaths in the U.S.

After 16 years of evaluating 900,000 people who were cancer-free when the study began, researchers concluded that excess weight may account for 14% of all cancer deaths in men and 20% of all women.

The study by the American Cancer Society relied on the body mass index using heights and weights reported by the participants.

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