Norwegian research: High weight increases the risk of several types of cancer
There were over 38,000 new cancer cases registered in Norway in 2022.
Last year, over 38,200 new cancer cases were registered in Norway, according to figures from Cancer Registry Norway. The number of cancer deaths has never been higher, and in 2021, over 11,100 people died from the disease.
A group of Norwegian researchers has published two new studies that look at the connection between high BMI and the risk of various serious cancers among the population, Norwegian newspaper VG reports.
The studies revealed that a high BMI is associated with an increased risk for 16 different types of cancer. However, the researchers are still uncertain as to why a high BMI elevates the risk of developing cancer.
The team of researchers is from Oslo University Hospital, Cancer Registry Norway, and the University of Oslo.
Previous studies have shown that 20 per cent of all types of cancer are due to a high BMI.
Translated by Alette Bjordal Gjellesvik.