Wednesday, 19 June 2019 | 10:28 WIB

Obese Young Women are Vulnerable to Colon Cancer


JAKARTA, NNC - Women who are overweight are at high risk for colon cancer. Obesity is linked to increased risk of colon cancer in young women, according to the study, reported by nytimes, quoted on Friday (10/12/2018).

The number of colon cancer cases has increased in people under 50 years, while the case has decreased in older people and nobody knows why.

In a study published on JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Oncology, researchers tracked prospective health conditions of more than 85,000 women for 22 years, ranging from those aged 25 to 42 years.

The researchers found that there were 114 cases of colon cancer in women under 45 years of age. Women who are overweight, have a high risk of early onset colon cancer.

Compared to women with normal body mass index between 18.5 and 22.9 obese women, with a body mass index of more than 30, 93 percent had a high risk of developing the disease.

"We have good screening and early detection of breast cancer in young women, but not for colon cancer. There is currently no screening for colon cancer for people under 50. Some doctors argue about decreasing the age risk to 45 years," concluded senior author Yin Cao, lecturer at Washington University Medical School, as quoted from Antara.