Obesity and Cancer
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Many thoughts run through my head from day to day ever since I found out I have endrometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus). Like how did this happen? How did this tumor develop and how long has it been in my body? I remember sitting in the doctors office with my family and my sister asked the doctor this very question she asked do you know how this tumor got there and how long its been there? I remember the doctors first word she said..... OBESITY..along with other speculations that she had. I dont think they really know but to have OBESITY be the first word out of her mouth shocked me to where my eyes popped out of my head and I remember thinking OH NO!!!
I spent most of my life obese I topped off at 430lbs at the age of 46 it was then I decided to do something about my weight. I remember saying to myself there is no way you can take this weight into your 50's you will be dead by then. Looking back I realized I said something very prophetic to myself because I dont think I would have survived the cancer or the tumor with 430lbs on my body. I probably would have never even noticed it because I had no symptoms of this cancer my periods were normal I wasnt in menapause the cramps were normal along with the blood flow. Nothing out of the ordinary flagged me until I found this tumor in my stomach and went to the doctor.
So Im thinking even though I lost over 200lbs without surgery eating right and have been working out for the last 4yrs almost everyday, still obesity is having its way with me only now through cancer. HMMMMM WOW thats mind boggling to me so with that I want to share with all of you what I found its from the National Cancer Institue I will just copy and paste some of it because its a very long article which should tell you Obesity is a major problem.
Does obesity increase the risk of cancer of the uterus?
Obesity has been consistently associated with uterine (endometrial) cancer. Obese women have two to four times greater risk of developing the disease than do women of a healthy weight, regardless of menopausal status. Increased risk has also been demonstrated among overweight women. Obesity has been estimated to account for about 40 percent of endometrial cancer cases in affluent societies
It is unclear why obesity is a risk factor for endometrial cancer; however, it has been suggested that lifetime exposure to hormones and high levels of estrogen and insulin in obese women may be contributing factors
How many people get cancer by being overweight or obese? How many die?
In 2002, about 41,000 new cases of cancer in the United States were estimated to be due to obesity. This means that about 3.2 percent of all new cancers are linked to obesity
A recent report estimated that, in the United States, 14 percent of deaths from cancer in men and 20 percent of deaths in women were due to overweight and obesity
Does obesity increase the risk of breast cancer?
The effect of obesity on breast cancer risk depends on a woman’s menopausal status. Before menopause, obese women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than do women of a healthy weightHowever, after menopause, obese women have 1.5 times the risk of women of a healthy weight
Obese women are also at increased risk of dying from breast cancer after menopause compared with lean women. Scientists estimate that about 11,000 to 18,000 deaths per year from breast cancer in U.S. women over age 50 might be avoided if women could maintain a BMI under 25 throughout their adult lives.
Obesity seems to increase the risk of breast cancer only among postmenopausal women who do not use menopausal hormones. Among women who use menopausal hormones, there is no significant difference in breast cancer risk between obese women and women of a healthy weight.
Both the increased risk of developing breast cancer and dying from it after menopause are believed to be due to increased levels of estrogen in obese women. Before menopause, the ovaries are the primary source of estrogen. However, estrogen is also produced in fat tissue and, after menopause, when the ovaries stop producing hormones, fat tissue becomes the most important estrogen source. Estrogen levels in postmenopausal women are 50 to 100 percent higher among heavy versus lean women. Estrogen-sensitive tissues are therefore exposed to more estrogen stimulation in heavy women, leading to a more rapid growth of estrogen-responsive breast tumors.
Another factor related to the higher breast cancer death rates in obese women is that breast cancer is more likely to be detected at a later stage in obese women than in lean women. This is because the detection of a breast tumor is more difficult in obese versus lean women.
Studies of obesity and breast cancer in minority women in the United States have been limited. There is some evidence that, among African American women, the risk associated with obesity may be absent or less than that of other populations. However, a recent report showed that African American women who have a high BMI are more likely to have an advanced stage of breast cancer at diagnosis. Another report showed that obese Hispanic white women were twice as likely to develop breast cancer as non-obese Hispanics, but the researchers did not detect a difference in risk for obese Hispanic women before and after menopause.
Weight gain during adulthood has been found to be the most consistent and strongest predictor of breast cancer risk in studies in which it has been examined.
The distribution of body fat may also affect breast cancer risk. Women with a large amount of abdominal fat have a greater breast cancer risk than those whose fat is distributed over the hips, buttocks, and lower extremities. Results from studies on the effect of abdominal fat are much less consistent than studies on weight gain or BMI.
Like I said earlier this is just some of what the article had to say it goes on and on about colon cancer, kidney cancer,cancer of the esophagus or stomach, obesity is linked to cancer of the gallbladder, ovaries, or pancreas all due to OBESITY.
I thank my Jesus with all my heart what he has done for me not only now but to know he was watching out for me 4yrs ago that he gave me ears to hear his voice and helped me through the Holy Spirit to be obedient and do as he instructed me to do and to surrender everything unto him. To trust him and his word to know that his word never returns void that he always does what he promises he says he will do. Our problem is that we dont believe him how sad that must make him he wants so desperately to help us to warn us to love us and we dont take him at his word. This journey of weight loss and now this journey of fighting cancer has taught me to take him at his word I will never doubt it, I dont care whats going on around me, I dont care what it looks like Im going to stand firm on his word and Im claiming his word for my life.
Jesus is the lover of my soul and I know without a shadow of a doubt he loves me and is taking care of me that I can let go of this life and give it to him to trust him he knows exactly what he is doing with it. You see, we were born to give him GLORY TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP HIM, we were born to do his will for our lives not our own, these lives we have are not ours they belong to him.
"Ye are not your own: for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."—1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
Many blessings to you