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Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide: study

PARIS: Nearly six percent of new cancers diagnosed worldwide in 2012 -- some 800,000 cases -- were caused by diabetes and excess weight, according to a study published Tuesday. Among the 12 types of cancer examined, the percentage of cases chalked up to these factors was as high as a third, researchers reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a leading medical journal. Cancers stemming from diabetes and obesity combined was almost twice as common among women than men, they found. And of the two…

In US, 4 in 10 cancers due to ‘modifiable risk’: study

MIAMI: About four in 10 cancers in the United States are due to lifestyle choices -- such as smoking and eating poorly -- and other risks that might be avoidable, researchers said Tuesday. The goal of the study was to calculate "the contribution of several modifiable risk factors to cancer occurrence," said the report in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Factors that are known to raise the risk of cancer included cigarette smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, excess body weight, drinking alcohol,…