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Oral 34 Rising, Age‐Specific, Trends of Obesity‐Related Gastrointestinal Cancers Correspond With Increasing Cancer Resections in Obese Patients: A 2002‐2013 National Analysis Using the SEER and NIS Databases
Author Insight from Hisham Hussan, MD, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
Sufficient evidence links obesity to esophageal, gastric, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. In our study period spanning the years 2002-2013, we identify an alarming increase in the incidence of colorectal and gastric cancers in young adults (<50 years old). There was a corresponding pronounced increase in rates of obese patients undergoing these cancers resections during the same study period. These findings strengthen a contributing role of obesity in etiology as well as the increasing incidence of these cancers and call for more efforts targeting obesity prevention.
What do patients need to know?
Obesity may be linked to an alarming recent increase in rates of colon and stomach cancer in young adults. Further research is needed to confirm these findings.
Hisham Hussan, MD, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
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