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Diabetes Increases Breast Cancer Mortality Risk

Women with breast cancer and diabetes have a greater risk for all-cause and cancer-specific mortality and are less likely to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy compared with women with breast cancer alone, according to researchers.

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40 percent of US cancers linked to excess weight

About 40 percent of all cancers in the United States -- more than 630,000 in all -- are associated with excess weight, health officials said Tuesday, urging a renewed focus on prevention. The rates of these overweight- and obesity-related cancers are rising, in contrast to the overall rate of new cancer cases which has dropped since the 1990s.

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ESMO 2017 Press Release: Abdominal Fat a Key Cancer Driver for Postmenopausal Women

"When assessing cancer risk, body mass index (BMI) and fat percentage may not be adequate measures as they fail to assess the distribution of fat mass," she explained. "Avoiding central obesity may confer the best protection."

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Throwing oil into the flames

Obesity has become one of the lead­ing preventable causes of cancer. Yet, the mechanisms of how obesity and associated systemic inflammation can promote cancer progression remain poorly understood. In a new study, researchers found that the cytokines interleukin 5 (IL-5) and granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating fac­tor (GM-CSF) are induced in obesity and, in obese mice, this leads to lung neutrophilia and supports breast cancer metastasis to the lung. Quail, Olson et al. used mouse models of obesity, induced by a high-fat diet (diet-induced obesity, DIO mice) or leptin deficiency (ob/ ob mice), to study how inflammation in obesity is linked to breast cancer metastasis.

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Tackling the Obesity and Cancer Epidemic (ASCO May 25, 2017)

Research is still lacking to support a link between obesity and an increased risk of developing all types of cancer. Nevertheless, a review1 of more than 1,000 epidemiologic studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, examining the preventive effects of weight control on cancer risk […]

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SynDevRx will be attending ASCO (Chicago) June 3–7

The ASCO Annual Meeting brings together more than 30,000 oncology professionals from around the world to discuss state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies, and ongoing controversies in the field.

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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Cancer: The Role of Pharmacotherapy

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide. Epidemiologic data suggest that T2DM is associated with an increased incidence and mortality from many cancers. The purpose of this review is to discuss the links between diabetes and cancer, the effects of various antidiabetic medications on cancer incidence and mortality, and the effects of anticancer therapies on diabetes.

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Obesity and Cancer Mechanisms: Tumor Microenvironment and Inflammation

There is growing evidence that inflammation is a central and reversible mechanism through which obesity promotes cancer risk and progression.

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Obesity and Cancer: Insights for Clinicians

The association of obesity with cancer, increasingly recognized in both lay and medical communities and underscored by the ongoing obesity epidemic, has stimulated a large body of research and led to calls for programs to minimize any potential impact of obesity on cancer

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Obesity and Breast Cancer Prognosis: Evidence, Challenges, and Opportunities

We reviewed the literature regarding overweight and obesity and breast cancer survival outcomes, overall and with regard to breast cancer subtypes, breast cancer therapies, biologic mechanisms, and possible interventions.

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