This month’s Vital Signs report focuses on cancers that are associated with overweight and obesity. Overweight and obesity-related cancers accounted for over 630,000 of the 1.6 million cancers diagnosed in the United States in 2014. About 2 in 3 adults in the United States are overweight or have obesity but many people are not aware that it associated with 13 types of cancer. The report also calls out what some states and communities are doing to prevent or reduce overweight- and obesity-related cancers by helping people eat healthy, stay active and maintain a healthy weight.
Key findings from the Vital Signs report include:
- 55 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women and 24 percent of those diagnosed in men are associated with overweight and obesity.
- Non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites had higher incidence rates compared with other racial and ethnic groups. Black men and American Indian/Alaska Native men had higher incidence rates than white men.
- Cancers associated with overweight and obesity, excluding colorectal cancer, increased 7 percent between 2005-2014. Colorectal cancer decreased 23 percent, due in large part to screening. Cancers not associated with overweight and obesity decreased 13 percent.
- Cancers associated with overweight and obesity, excluding colorectal cancer, increased among adults younger than age 75.
To prevent or reduce overweight or obesity-related cancers, some states and communities are:
- Supporting comprehensive cancer control programs that focus on cancer prevention, education, screening, quality of care, and survivorship.
- Making it easier to choose healthy food options where people live, work, learn, and play.
- Building communities that make it safer and easier for people to be physically active.
- Partnering with business and civic leaders to make community changes that increase healthy eating and active living.
Visit the Vital Signs web page to read Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article, the four-page fact sheet, and to find additional materials. Take advantage of CDC’s digital press kit that includes podcasts and social media graphics. You can also have Vital Signs sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service. We also invite you to join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on October 10 at 2 p.m. (EDT).
Please share the CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your colleagues and partners.
Vital Signs is not just about data. It is about action.