Preventability for Body Fatness
The analyses of research in the Continuous Update Project reports identify excess weight as a major independent risk factor for cancer. This chart includes cancers where there is strong evidence that excess weight increases cancer risk.
|Cancer Type||% link to excess
body fat: MEN
|% link to excess
body fat: WOMEN
|Cases Prevented Annually|
*Rounded, based on AICR/WRCF, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention; Continuous Update Project reports; American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017
Preventability estimates are important to help policy-makers assess the impact of different approaches to reduce cancer risk.
AICR/WCRF preventability estimates are calculated using information on:
- Cancer risk associated with body fatness
- Prevalence of overweight and obesity
- US incidence of different cancers
The methods used to calculate the estimates can be found in Appendix A of the Policy Report.
These preventability figures are estimates; they are not precise values. They are likely underestimates, as only those cancers judged to have convincing or probable links to lifestyle factors are included.