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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

Jesus first

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    All praise goes to God..He is our Saviour...Praise the Lord...Amen emoticon
    2073 days ago
    Your positive attitude inspite of your stressful situation is so inspiring. Thank you for taking time out of your day to keep us informed about the risks of cancer and obesity. According to my BMI, I am obese as well and would really like to lose weight. I know I could eat better, but find it hard to motivate myself to choose healthy food over junk! Reading your artical will help me think twice before I put unhealthy food in my mouth. Thank you for the motivation and inspiration.

    I wish you the best of luck in your treatments. My thoughts and prayers are with you on this journey.
    3252 days ago
    Carol, God is faithful, and He is everything you need - Awesome God, Healer, Provider, Protector, Father and Friend. Keep believing, my friend. Love, Karen
    3262 days ago
    Hey Griff, I am glad that you shared this on your page & on our team. love you!
    3269 days ago
    Thank you so much, Carol, for keeping us informed. It really gives us a lot to think about.
    I love you, sweet Sister!
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    3272 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2938911
    just had to take a step back after reading this.. sorry you are going through so much
    3272 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder. I have always thought of myself as a healthy overweight person. I was really just fooling myself. I do have several conditions that I have been downplaying how serious things are. I am starting to realize that I have been in denial that these things could kill me or shorten my life significantly. I need to get a little scared of this to help me fuel my motivation. Thanks again for all of the info.

    I am praying for your health and I wish all the best to you.
    3272 days ago
    What amazing information you present here. Do what God tells you to do and don't look back. We truly are His temple Let's make it a lean one. Keep your eyes on God.
    3272 days ago
    Oh my, Griff. I feel "scared straight" right now. I hear you. May God provide for me a daily kick in the pants that I shed this excess weight now. I carry my weight in my abdomen, particularly. I have to make real, lasting changes and quit fiddle-fartin' around with this!
    3273 days ago
  • GRIFF2734
    Im so glad all of you have read this and I want to ask a favor of all of you I want you to let everyone you know about obesity and cancer. I never knew this or thought that obesity could cause cancer. I cant help wondering if I did would I have spent my whole life obese..Obesity has taken alot from me and its my fault because of laziness and giving up and not trying hard enough to take my health seriously. I wanted to post this because I dont want anyone to spend there life obese like I did. My prayer is if this could help one person I know that my life of obesity was worth something, that it could save someones life and change it around for the good and to enjoy their life. As a trainer its my job to help those who come into the gym to show them how to not only lose weight but to strengthen their bodies, their hearts and their overall health. I take my job very seriously and I want so desperately to always share with my clients this can be done and they can be healthy and that they dont have to go down this road as I did.

    I believe the Lord has a reason for everything we go through and maybe my life of obesity was just for this to help those who like me dont know and has time to do something about it. I tell all my clients and everyone I know who are obese the dangers of obesity. Im learning alot in the journey Im in right now just like I did when I was obese and I thank the Lord for his instruction its our job to listen to the Lord to take him at his word no matter how hard it is because in the end Gods word is life to us its there to protect us, to warn us, to love us enough to discipline us into the good things that God has for us. He wants so desperately to bless our lives with good health and to be as happy as we can be. Lets take the Lord at his word and not only read it but do it.

    James 1:22
    But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

    I love this scripture because Im living proof most of my life I was fooling myself, the truth of our mighty God how BEAUTIFUL AND GRACIOUS he is towards us. The love that screams off the scriptures just for us lets do the word and lets lose weight together in Jesus Name.

    Much love to you

    Jesus first

    3273 days ago
    I hope everyone clicks and checks where it says.... I liked this BLOG!!!

    It needs to be POSTED everywhere we can get it!!

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    Comment edited on: 8/19/2011 10:39:05 AM

    Thank you dear friend, for sharing from your heart! I think this should be posted all over SPARK, have you posted it as BLOG? It is so informative and eye opening! PRAISE GOD that HE does go with us, even in our moments of being unlearned, or just not taking things seriously enough!! HE protects us, even through it all, as you stated, having had so much weight off has been a GODSEND!!

    You are staying strong and doing such an amazing job of fighting this thing! I am proud of you dear!! Hang tough!! You will beat it, and you will have such an AWESOME testimony!!

    P.S. This answers my question!! I saw this post at WNPG, and this was my reply, then I came here, and Lo & have BLOGGED the same thing! That is AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing, and from your heart! You are our SHERO Carol, and I mean that from my HEART of HEARTS!!

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    Comment edited on: 8/19/2011 10:35:12 AM
  • KAYDE53
    I have read many of these same facts & figures too, and it does put losing weight in a new perspective! I need to let the Lord take full control in this area of my life; otherwise, I will continue to repeat the same failures I have in the past. Deliver me from my emotional eating, Lord! Amen! Thank you, Carol for sharing this! May the Lord give you the strength you need for each day, and bless you and your continuing testimony for Him!! emoticon emoticon
    3274 days ago
    Thank God for you right now. I'm reading this with a heavy lump in my chest. I'll name it fear, but the fact is I need not fear. God sent you to spread hope. Thanks so much and may God bless you with his favor.
    3274 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10005048
    I wanted to add to your research that one of the reasons cancers are so prevalent amongst women and overweight women is because so many cancers are caused by toxins, i.e. pesticides, tobacco smoke, industrial waste, antibiotics and hormones put in our food, etc. These toxins are not only stored in the liver but also in body fat. Our fat is a cozy nest for all those toxins.
    May the Lord be with us...
    3274 days ago
    What incredibly sobering facts. Mindblowing. Oh, Jesus, help me to complete this journey through YOUR strength, Lord!!
    3274 days ago
    I have knowen for a long time how many health risks I have been playing russian roulette with by being obese. I would hear God prompting me to do something about it but would choose to turn a deaf ear to Him for 20+ years. I kept thinking that "I" would be the one in the family who would defy past medical history and would not suscomb to all the things that have killed family at a young age due to bad health......."I" had the notion in me that I was going to prove everyone wrong and be a really healthy FAT woman LOL......what a laugh LOL.

    Who knows all the damage I have already done to my body by chooseing to remain obese for so many years. By chooseing to not listen to God.

    Finally I am doing things to better my health and life and will lose this weight and then it is up to God to what i will have to endure due to my poor choices over many years of being obese.
    3274 days ago
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Wonderful information! I'm so glad that God was taking care of you back then too - just as He has promised to do for you today:) emoticon
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  • BIGDAD1211
    emoticon emoticon Isn't it wonderful to know that our Lord watches over us even when we don't look after ourselves? You listened to God's voice and made a change in your life and because of that your were able to find the tumor that you wouldn't have found before.Praise His Name!! He loves us sooooo much!
    And I love you Sis!!
    God Bless you! Jesus First!!
    3274 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this, Carol.... My sister got breast cancer at age 74 and she is obese; most of it in her stomach!

    I am working at trying to get rid of my belly again and I pray that Jesus will help me finally accomplish this task!

    God Bless You Always!

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