According to The American Cancer Society, rates for some cancers that have been linked to obesity are rising among young adults in the USA.
In a study published Feb 3, 2019 in the The Lancet Public Health, it showed rates rising for six of 12 cancers that have been tied to obesity – colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, kidney, multiple myeloma and pancreas – for those born between 1995 and 2014. Additionally, those born between 1980 and 1989 have double the risk of some cancers compared with those born in 1945 to 1954 of the same age.
“Although the absolute risk of these cancers is small in younger adults, these findings have important public health implications,” study author Ahmedin Jemal, Vice President of Surveillance and Health Services Research with the American Cancer Society, said in a statement.
Jemal said the trend among younger adults could increase as they get older, “potentially halting or reversing the progress achieved in reducing cancer mortality over the past several decades.”
While it is true that cancer in younger adults compared to older adults is relatively lower, this news is startling. “According to 2015 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 183,000 new cancer cases among people ages 25 to 49 and more than 252,000 cases among those 65 to 69.” (Cited from USA Today Article “Obesity-related cancers on rise in millennials” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019)