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Being fat at 18 raises chance of dying from cancer in later life

June 16, 2011 - London

A study has found that Obesity during teenage years raises the chance of a person dying from cancer in later life.

The study found that men who were overweight or obese as teenagers were 35 percent more likely to die from cancer as those who were a healthier weight.

Even losing weight during middle age did not appear to cut the extra risk of developing cancers such as lung, skin, kidney and prostate.

British experts behind the study of almost 20,000 men said the findings showed the importance of keeping a healthy weight throughout life.

Medical Research Council (MRC) researcher Dr Linsay Gray, said it was the first time the impact of Obesity in early adulthood on later risk of cancer had been closely examined.

Higher Body Mass Index (BMI), the scoring system of weight related to height, had been linked to several cancers, but always in later life, she said.

"It is very interesting that higher BMI at age 18 actually leads to a greater risk for cancer than higher BMI in middle age," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"The message here is really clear: keeping your weight healthy as a young adult can significantly reduce your chance of developing cancer.

"These findings point worryingly to a greater future burden of cancer," she added.


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