Study Shows Obesity-Related Cancers Surge Among Millennials

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Last Updated on July 25, 2022 by Lori Geurin

A recent study from The American Cancer Society shows a disturbing trend with Millennials, specifically those in their 20’s and 30’s. The study, which was published in The Lancet Public Health, looked at data collected between 1995 and 2014 about obesity-related cancers.

They analyzed 12 cancers linked to obesity. The study also looked at 18 common cancers not linked to weight. They found a large increase in six obesity-related cancers among Millennials.

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Millennials Experience Increase in Obesity-Related Cancers

The study showed that multiple myeloma, colorectal, pancreatic, uterine, kidney, and gallbladder cancers are all on the rise with Millennials. It’s important to notice that most of these cancers usually show up later in life. But, they’re becoming more common with increasingly younger people.

In fact, these cancers were typically rare in the younger age bracket only years ago. They were usually found in people in their 60’s and 70’s.

So what has changed in recent years? For a better understanding, let’s take a look at some of the possible risk factors for cancer below.


Suspected Cancer Risk Factors

Based on the U.S. population, one 2017 study suggests that by the time they turn 35, 57 percent of Milleniallials will be obese. Now, you may be asking yourself, Does obesity cause cancer? As you probably know, when we look at these studies correlation is not causation.

But, research shows that that certain risk factors may increase a person’s chance of developing cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, these factors include:

  • hormones
  • obesity
  • sunlight
  • tobacco
  • genetics
  • age
  • alcohol
  • chronic inflammation
  • diet
  • immunosuppression
  • infectious agents, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites
  • radiation
  • cancer-causing substances – carcinogens

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Cancer Prevention Strategies

There are steps you can take to help prevent cancer. Extra body weight is a well-known carcinogen. And earlier studies have linked excess body fat to hormone changes that promote the development of cancer. Don’t forget about inflammation which plays a major role in chronic disease in our world today.

On a larger scale, primary care physicians can provide more detailed obesity screening assessments for body mass index (BMI). But, ultimately, clean eating, or eating nutrient-dense real food, and avoiding sugary, prepackaged foods is a great first step to a healthier you.

In addition, intermittent fasting is an excellent way to lose weight and cleanse your body’s cells of impurities. This cleansing process is known as autophagy.

And don’t underestimate the awesome benefits of staying physically active and breathing fresh air.

I hope these tips encourage you to make healthy choices that will help prolong your life and prevent disease.

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8 thoughts on “Study Shows Obesity-Related Cancers Surge Among Millennials”

  1. The number are really scary! I like fasting as well, even though I don’t suffer from obesity, but it’s just a great exercise to adopt to cleanse my body

    1. The numbers are scary, Gena. I hope the recent reports help get people’s attention so change can start to happen.

      So happy to meet another fellow intermittent faster! You’re right – it’s a great way to cleanse your body. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. One of my millennial kids is really struggling in this area. I’m trying hard to encourage her with better self care habits so that she doesn’t get the family diseases like diabetes. Even though I’m over 50, I’ve been able to keep it at bay myself with a reasonably healthy lifestyle.

    1. This is tough, Marya. It’s hard to see our kids struggling with things, isn’t it? We have 2 millennial sons and 2 teenaged daughters so I get where you’re coming from. It sounds like you’re such an encouraging mom! Your daughter is fortunate that you care for her so much.

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