Obesity and Cancer

Obesity & Cancer in America

A 2016 study that highlighted different cancers being linked to overweight & obesity reported that the U.S. had the highest percentage linked to overweight & obesity for colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and postmenopausal breast cancer. Losing weight can be challenging, but with the right support, diet, stress management, and physical activities, a healthier weight can be achieved and sustained.

At the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, our certified physicians have years of experience helping patients who are struggling with obesity and cancer or who want to lose weight to prevent cancer. Our comprehensive and personalized approach has helped many of our patients overcome the challenges that come with obesity, weight loss and cancer. It’s our mission to help you through every step of your journey toward better health.

Can obesity cause cancer?

Obesity is a chronic illness characterized by excessive fat tissues, which can be measured by a physician using your body mass index (BMll. Obesity also causes a chronic state of inflammation, which is linked to heightening the chances of developing cancer.
The following scale shows the health levels for your BMI according to the American Heart Association:

  • BMI less than 18.5: Considered underweight
  • BMI between 18.5 and 24.9: Consi dered healthy
  • BMI between 25 and 29.9: At risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease
  • BM I higher than 30: Considered obese

If you are suffering from obesity, you are at a higher risk for certain cancers as well as a number of other diseases, including diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, and many others. A certified physician who specializes in obesity and cancer can help you to achieve a healthier BMI and prevent cancers from forming.

What kind of doctor should I see for obesity and cancer prevention?

Because obesity can cause certain cancers, and can cause diseases and other serious health problems, it’s important to find an experienced weight loss doctor who understands the link between obesity and other health risks. Our team at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center realize the seriousness of obesity and how difficult it can feel for our patients who are struggling with the disease. We help our patients in every way that they need to overcome obesity and prevent future health complications like cancer. Whether you have fought and overcome cancer or want to prevent cancer from occurring in the future, we can offer you the support you need to reach your weight goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Are obesity and cancer treated together?

Leading a healthy lifestyle is a major part of preventing and recovering from cancer. This often includes incorporating proper nutrition, weight management, and other support lo reach and maintain your best level of health. Al the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, we often treat patients who have been diagnosed with or are recently recovering from cancer in addition to struggling with obesity. We understand that cancer and obesity are both serious diseases, which can affect one another. Our mission is to develop a personalized plan that helps you reach your optimal health and keeps you feeling great long-term.

Obesity prevention and treatment:

We may recommend several treatment options to guide you toward productive physical, mental, and emotional recovery. These might include both surgical and non-surgical methods, which are personalized to fit your unique needs. The following treatments may be included as part of your customized obesity and cancer treatment at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center:

Nutritional counseling/high cholesterol diet plan
Weight loss support groups
Weight loss medication

Gastric balloon
Sleeve gastrectomy
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Biliopancreatic diversion
Lap band
Revision bariatric surgery