How Excess Weight Really Affects Cancer Risk

Esophageal And Stomach Cancers

Current research suggests that being overweight increases chronic acid reflux (GERD). The constant irritation may cause Barrett’s esophagus. In this, the normal esophageal tissue is replaced by tissue similar to intestinal lining. This increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Both Barrett’s and resulting cancer are fairly rare. If you have acid reflux, talk to your doctor and lose weight to protect yourself.

The causes of stomach cancer appear to be related to insulin and chronic inflammation. For both cancers, people who are overweight in their 20s have up to an 80% increased risk.

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