Study links childhood obesity to cancer in adults

July 25, 2012, The Jerusalem Post

By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

Tel Aviv University researchers have found a connection between obesity in childhood and colon or bladder cancer in adulthood. The risk for these malignant tumors is 40 percent higher in adults who were overweight as children.

Dr. Adi Leiba, Prof. Arnon Afek and Dr. Ari Shamiss of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, together with researchers from the IDF’s medical corps and the Hadassah Medical Organization, just published their study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Continue reading

Special feature on obesity and cancer risk in NCI’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer

In March 2012, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released its Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer 1975-2008. This year’s report contains a special feature on the association of overweight and lack of physical activity with cancer risk. NCCOR Steering Committee member Dr. Rachel Ballard-Barbash (NCI) participated as a co-author on the report. Continue reading