Weight Loss Surgery Helps Reduce Risk Of Cancer

June 19, 2008

A new Canadian study has shown that obese people who receive bariatric surgery to lose weight greatly reduce their risk of developing cancer.Boston (ChattahBox) – A new Canadian study has shown that obese people who receive bariatric surgery to lose weight greatly reduce their risk of developing cancer.

Researchers from Montreal’s McGill University studies nearly 6,800 patients who all received the weight loss surgery.

What they found through the study was that those who received the surgery cut their risk of developing cancer by up to 80%.

In terms of individual cases, the risk of breast cancer were found to be reduced by 85%, while colon cancer was reduced by 70%.

The belief is that the reduced risk is because of lost fat cells which can contribute greatly to the development of cancer.

The findings were revealed on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery in Washington, D.C.


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