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Using Bariatric Surgery to Decrease Your Risk of Developing Cancer

Published on July 28, 2017
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The harmful effects of obesity extend beyond the direct physical effects on the human body. There are a number of major health issues that can be made significantly worse by obesity. In fact, individuals who are obese carry a noticeably higher risk of developing cancer than individuals who maintain a normal weight, including colon cancer and breast cancer.

According to an article posted in ScienceDaily, the cancer rate for obese individuals is roughly 2.12 per 1,000 cases annually. In individuals with a normal weight, the rate is only 1.06 per 1,000 cases annually. Over the past few years, numerous studies have shown that obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery can reduce their cancer rate by merely losing weight.

Data from both controlled and uncontrolled studies along with information from over 54,257 patients was collected and analyzed. The conclusion drawn from the data stated that the overall decrease in the risk of cancer may be due to metabolic changes associated with weight loss following bariatric surgery, or possibly just from the weight loss itself. Additional studies are looking into the details behind the changes in cancer risk from weight loss.

Choosing to undergo bariatric surgery can be a major life decision, but the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight far exceed the risks of surgery. If you are interested in undergoing bariatric surgery with Dr. John Weaver, contact Western Surgical Bariatric Center to schedule a consultation.