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Central obesity tied to cancer risk among postmenopausal women

A study presented at European Society for Medical Oncology's annual congress found central obesity, or a high trunk fat-to-peripheral fat ratio, was an independent risk factor for cancer diagnosis up to 12 years following baseline among postmenopausal women. The findings, based on 5,855 women with a mean age of 71, showed central obesity was particularly associated with lung and gastrointestinal cancer diagnoses and not with breast and ovarian cancer diagnoses.

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