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Date:11/7/2007

al weight," she said. This is also a benefit in preventing heart disease, diabetes and other medical problems, and maintaining a good quality of life, she added.

In related news, a study in the Nov. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found obesity to be associated with 11 percent of deaths from cancers that are already considered to be obesity-related. The trend was not seen for non-obesity-related cancers, however.

"We estimate about 5 percent of all cancer deaths are associated with obesity," said the lead author of that study, Katherine M. Flegal, of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. "That ranges from -0.2 to 7.9 percent, so there is not much of a difference between the two studies."

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For more on cancer in women, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



SOURCES: Gillian Reeves, Ph.D., statistical epidemiologist, Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K.; Eugenia E. Calle, Ph.D., managing director, analytic epidemiology, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Katherine M. Flegal, Ph.D., U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, Md; Nov. 7, 2007, British Medical Journal; Nov. 7, 2007, Journal of the American Medical Association


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