Does Weight Loss Surgery Lower Cancer Risk?
Overall cancer rates for someone with a BMI of 40 or higher are about double that of someone with a BMI of 25 or below. It seems logical that since obesity increases the risk for several types of cancer, after weight loss surgery when obesity is no longer a factor, cancer risk would decrease. Researchers in Brazil set out to get the answer to that very question and the findings were recently published in Obesity Surgery.
After looking at the results of 13 studies (more than 54,000 people) that looked at cancer rates after weight loss surgery, they concluded that cancer rates do drop. They found the risk of cancer dropped to a level similar to that of those who do not suffer from obesity.
One more indication of how important a healthy weight is to our health and well-being.