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In 2007, obesity caused approximately 50,500 new cancer cases in women and 34,000 in men.
Several cancers, including esophagus, pancreas, colon and rectum, breast, endometrium, kidney, thyroid and gallbladder are linked to obesity.
A projection by the National Cancer Institute of the future health and economic burden of obesity in 2030 estimated that continuation of existing trends in obesity will lead to about 500,000 additional cases of cancer in the United States by 2030.
This analysis also found that if every adult reduced their BMI by 1%, which would be equivalent to a weight loss of roughly 1 kg (or 2.2 lbs) for an adult of average weight, this would prevent the increase in the number of cancer cases and actually result in the avoidance of about 100,000 new cases of cancer.