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June 24, 2009

Overweight, Obesity, and Pancreatic Cancer: Beyond Risk Alone

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

JAMA. 2009;301(24):2592-2593. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.922

Overweight and obesity have well-established public health implications by increasing risk for myriad diseases, most notably cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and also play a role in increasing the risk for multiple types of cancer,1 including pancreatic cancer.2 Obesity has also been reported to be associated with poorer prognosis in multiple cancers,3,4 perhaps most notably breast cancer.5-8