Can obesity or diabetes increase my risk of cancer?
Obesity and diabetes are both metabolic diseases. They both change the metabolism within our body. They cause hormonal changes. They cause changes in the way our body composition is. And those things actually do contribute to cancer because of those changes in hormones. In addition, people who are obese also tend to exercise less. They have more sedentary lifestyles, and we know that those things are bad for you.
Professor Michael Boyer is Medical Oncologist at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Last Reviewed: 28/09/2020
Animation: Effects of obesity
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