By Eleanor Hayward Health Reporter For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:05 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 00:05 BST, 1 August 2019
Being overweight for just a year dramatically reduces women’s lifelong chances of surviving cancer, a major study has revealed.
For every 12 months spent obese or overweight as an adult, the risk of dying after a breast or bowel cancer diagnosis in later life rises by up to four per cent.
The link between excess weight and cancer developing in the first place is well established, but the new study is the first to show how having a BMI higher than 25 can also slash survival rates. The World Cancer Research Fund tracked the weight of 47,000 women between the age of 20 and 50. Of these 1,500 went on to develop breast or bowel cancer after the menopause.
Every year spent obese as an adult raises the risk of dying from certain types of cancer by four per cent
The Swedish researchers found that each year of being overweight cut a woman’s chances of surviving bowel cancer by four per