Obesity and cancer: Information for Health Professionals

Does obesity cause cancer?

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of 13 types of cancer. Although more research is needed to fully understand this in detail, academic and scientific studies suggest there are three key explanations.

Read the evidence

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking in the UK, but research shows that only 15% of the public are aware of the link. 

That’s why we’re running another national advertising campaign. Look out for our obesity awareness campaign live 24 September to 21 October.  

You might find some of your patients come to you with questions. Talking to patients about their weight can be difficult, but emerging evidence shows that patients trust and value health professional advice and having conversations could make a significant impact (Aveyard, P. 2016). 

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