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Why obesity can cause cancer explained

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Health Desk: 13th Nov’18: A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say.

A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Cancer Research UK says, obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking.

One in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.

Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Courtesy: BBC Health