New WHO report confirms obesity link to several cancers

Support for our findings on obesity and cancer link

25 August 2016

Today an important report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that obesity increases the risk of many cancers.

These findings from the World Health Organization group, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), support our findings that obesity is a risk factor for several common cancers, including liver, kidney and post-menopausal breast cancer. They have also used evidence from our Continuous Update Project to come to some of their conclusions.

IARC also found growing evidence that losing weight may prevent obesity-related cancers, although more research is needed to be able to make a recommendation on this.

Rachel Thompson, said: "This interesting new report supports our own evidence that being overweight or obese increases cancer risk.

"There are simple lifestyle changes everyone can make to help reduce their cancer risk, but there needs to be sufficient policies in place to support all populations being able to make these changes.”