One study, using NCI Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, estimated that in 2007 in the United States, about 34,000 new cases of cancer in men (four percent) and 50,500 in women (seven percent) were due to obesity. The percentage of cases attributed to obesity varied widely for different cancer types but was as high as 40 percent for some cancers, particularly endometrial cancer and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Obesity is associated with increased risks of the following cancer types, and possibly others as well:
- Colon and rectum
- Breast (after menopause)
- Endometrium (lining of the uterus)
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