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Obesity’s cancer link not widely known

by Dahleen Kendler
Special to The R-C
Dahleen Kendler and trainer Tess Wipfli from Anytime Fitness.
John Snider/Special to The R-C |

Lung cancer is the cause of 28.3 percent deaths. Worldwide it is responsible for 1.5 million deaths a year.

With obesity on the rise, researchers are finding that being obese is linked to a higher risk of cancer and may one day surpass lung cancer.

As stated by Dr. Lewis E. Foxhall on the American Cancer Society website, “Over the past few years a growing body of evidence (pun intended) has demonstrated links between being overweight or obese and many diseases, including arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. The general public is becoming more aware of many of these associations. However, researchers have found that there is a lack of recognition of the ties between obesity and one important disease: cancer. Exactly how or why obesity increases the risk of cancer is not clear. Scientists believe it may be in part related to insulin and other hormones that are produced by the body to regulate fat storage and blood sugar levels. Inflammation may also play a role. Regardless of the underlying cause, the evidence is clear that excess weight leads to a higher risk of cancer and higher death rates.”

You may ask, “what can I do?” The American Cancer Society Relay For Life along with the Gardnerville Anytime Fitness have joined forces to help battle obesity and reduce the risk of cancer by offering a special deal for registered Relay For Life team members: three months at Anytime Fitness and three complimentary training sessions for $99.

Together we are getting relay ready for the Relay For Life event on July 12 at Lampe Park, and it’s not too late to form a team today.

To form a team or get information on how you can help with the Relay For Life, go to http://www.relayforlife.org/douglasnv or call Dahleen Kendler at 265-7436.

To make an appointment to sign up at Anytime Fitness, call Tess at 775-230-3062.

You can find more information about obesity and its’ potential impact on causing cancer at http://www.cancer.org.