By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 06:07 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 06:07 GMT, 8 January 2020
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of several common cancers, a new study finds.
Researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark found a 12 percent risk associated with being dangerously overweight.
This includes breast cancer, kidney cancer, gallbladder cancer, leukemia, brain cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The team says that the rising rates of obesity and severe obesity will increase the rates of cancers across the board, take a toll on healthcare costs and see more people dying prematurely.
A new study from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark has found that being overweight or obese increases the risk of all cancers, obesity and non-obesity related, by 12% (file image)
For the study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, the team looked at cancer data in Denmark over a 40-year period, from 1977 to 2016.
Researchers found 20,706 cancers among 313,321 adults who were clinically diagnosed as being overweight or obese.
By comparison, there were 18,480 cancers diagnosed among the general Danish population over the same time period.
This means that weighing