Sugar is food for cancer cells and the primary cause of cardiovascular problems. Exercise and good choices in whole foods help in preventing any cancer to survive.

In the southern states of the USA, statistics showed higher obesity rates.

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By 2030, it is estimated that almost half a million Americans will be diagnosed with obesity-related cancers annually, according to the ASCO press statement.

Obesity Linked to Poorer Outcomes

As previously reported by Medscape Medical News, a growing number of studies have demonstrated an association between obesity and increased risk of developing cancer, as well as poorer outcomes. One large retrospective analysis found that obesity is an independent prognostic factor for mortality and development of distant metastases after a diagnosis of breast cancer. After adjustment for disease characteristics, the risk of developing distant metastases after 10 years was significantly increased (by 46%) in patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2. The risk of dying of breast cancer after 30 years was also significantly increased (by 38%).

Another study pointed to obesity as a risk factor for the increasing mortality of postmenopausal women after colon cancer diagnosis. The findings suggested that abdominal obesity is more predictive of mortality from colon cancer than is general obesity. Women with the highest waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), which reflects abdominal obesity, had a 30% to 40% greater risk of dying of colon cancer than women with the lowest WHR.

Data from a study published last year showed that patients with pancreatic cancer who were obese in the years before their diagnosis have reduced survival. Patients with pancreatic cancer who had a prediagnostic BMI in the obese range lived 2 to 3 months less than patients who had a healthy weight before their diagnosis.

Connie’s comments:

What life challenges will happen before someone tries lifestyle change and dietary change? Seeing a family member die early because of poor dietary habits and lifestyle motivated me to exercise and watch what I eat, listen to my body when I am not hungry and that I should eat only when I am hungry.