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Obesity Worsens Women's Colon Cancer Prognosis

Obesity raises the risk of premature death from colon cancer in women, but not men, according to a new study. Female colon cancer patients can expect a much worse outcome if they're obese, and perhaps even a greater chance their tumors will return. But the study, reported in the August issue of Cancer, found no such association in men, whose outcomes were unaffected by their weight.

Previous studies have found obesity's impact on developing colon cancer and dying from it is stronger in men than in women, says Eugenia Calle, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society.

What's not in dispute is the overall connection between weight and cancer. Earlier this year, Calle and her colleagues reported that overweight and obesity could account for as many as one in seven cancer deaths among men, and one in five among women, each year in the United States.

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