Obesity before pancreatic cancer diagnosis linked to higher mortality risk

10/21/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Pancreatic cancer patients who were obese up to 20 years before receiving a cancer diagnosis had more than double the risk of dying compared with those who weighed less before diagnosis, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The analysis of data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study also found that greater prediagnostic BMI was associated with increased likelihood of advanced-stage disease at diagnosis.

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