PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We know that smoking causes cancer, but another risk factor is rising to the same dangerous level.
Obesity causes cancer and it ranks right up there with cigarette smoking, according to Dr. Anthony Perre, chief of outpatient medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia.
“There are studies that show that not only does obesity increase risk of cancer, but it definitely affects survival rates and then when we look at survivorship, we know that obesity impacts such things as recurrence rates for survivorship,” Perre said.
He says obesity is linked to such cancers as breast, colon, liver, endometrial, esophageal and pancreatic cancer.
He suggests patients address the numbers on the scale and turn to a more plant-based diet, limiting red meat while increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed each day.
And don’t forget to exercise.