How Does Diet and Weight Impact Cancer?

In this video from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Richard Wender discusses the impact diet and weight can have on the risk of developing cancer.

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Dr. Wender explains that being overweight causes inflammation, which in turn, can increase the risk of cell damage. Once cells have become damaged, they are more likely to mutate into cancer cells. People who are overweight or obese are also more likely to have higher levels of hormones such as insulin and estrogen, which are linked to certain cancers.

In addition to weight, eating the wrong kinds of foods can also elevate the risk of developing cancer. Eating foods high in sugar, simple carbohydrates and fat can impact your risk.

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