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November 15, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 22
Special Issue: Cancer and Obesity Research


Dr. Rachel Ballard-Barbash

The Emerging Evidence about the Role of Obesity in Cancer
by Dr. Rachel Ballard-Barbash

Concern about the public-health consequences of obesity has risen as its prevalence has increased worldwide. Obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980, according to the World Health Organization.

In the United States alone, the 2007–2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey results show that 34.2 percent of adults 20 years of age or older are overweight, 33.8 percent are obese, and 5.7 percent are extremely obese. In 1988–1994, in contrast, only 22.9 percent of adults were obese. Read more > >



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    • NCI Board of Scientific Advisors Convened Last Week
    • Free Webinar Will Address Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention
    • State-of-the-Science Conference on Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer Slated for December

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