New York, November 12 (IANS): If your teenager or young adult child is obese, he or she may be a fourfold risk of developing pancreatic cancer later in life, warns a new study.
Researchers from Tel Aviv University have analyzed 1,087,358 Jewish men and 707,212 women between the ages of 16 and 19 for a study published in CANCER.
It has been shown that excessive body weight and even higher weight within "normal" weight in men can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer in a gradual manner.
Compared to normal weight, obesity was associated with 3.67-fold higher risk of malignancy and 4.07-fold higher risk among women, the report said.
In addition, high normal BMIs and overweight men were associated with 49% and 97% higher risk for cancer compared to those with low-normal BMI.
Pancreatic cancer is the sixth most common cause of death associated with cancer in the world, and adult obesity is associated with an increased risk of cancer.
It has an extremely low survival rate that has barely improved over the past 40 years.
The combination of complex chemical, biological, biomechanical and structural factors found in pancreatic cancer complicates treatment.
Obesity-induced systemic inflammation is a potential driver for the development of pancreatic cancer development. So weight management can help reduce the risk, researchers say.