Medical News Summary: BMI linked to increased risk of kidney cancer


About: BMI linked to increased risk of kidney cancer
Date: 3 January 2005
Source: Reuters Health
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health): A study in the Netherlands involving 120,000 older men and women assessed the association between high body weight and kidney cancer. It was found that for each 1 point in BMI above normal, the risk of renal cell carcinoma increased by 7% in both men and women. The risk also increased if the BMI increased after the age of 20. Furthermore, each 5cm increase in height above 160 cm was associated with a 23% increase in risk in women. This was not observed in men. Another study showed that the relationship between increased height and RCC risk was only relevant for current and previous smokers. The link between BMI and the risk of RCC was highest in those who have never smoked. More research needs to be done to determine if physical activity and energy intake are factors in this link.
Related Disease Topics: Renal cell carcinoma, Kidney cancer, Obesity, Overweight, Smoking

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