Diseases Associated
with Obesity

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Many people understand that being overweight or obese can add to your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and coronary heart disease — but few are aware of the link to cancer. If you are overweight or obese, your risk for these cancers is higher:

  • Esophagus
  • Pancreas
  • Colon and Rectum
  • Endometrium (uterine)
  • Kidney
  • Breast (in postmenopausal women)

If you know your risks, you can take positive steps to minimize them. The most important actions to take include:

  • Working with your doctor to set up an appropriate screening schedule so you can catch cancer at an early, treatable stage
  • Managing your weight
  • Becoming more active