Obesity and cancer: Information for Health Professionals

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Cancer Research UK supports GPs to deliver best practice. We have created a central resources hub for Health Professionals which hosts all of our CRUK resources and further materials to help with managing the pandemic. We are updating the information as guidance changes. There is also a page specifically for patients on our about cancer hub.

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How does Obesity cause cancer?

How 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 continue to run national advertising campaigns.

Read the latest research on obesity and cancer and find training, practical tools and resources to support your patient conversations.