Cancer Incidence and Mortality due to Excess Body Weight in Ireland: An Analysis of 10-year data.

Authors: Collins, A; McCarthy, T; Laffoy, M

Source: Irish Medical Journal, Sep-2017

Excess body weight (EBW) increases the risk of specific cancers. The prevalence of EBW has risen significantly in Ireland over recent decades. To highlight the impact on cancer, and to inform future policies, we calculated the proportion of cancers in Ireland that were attributable to EBW using the Population Attributable Fraction (PAF). This fraction was then applied to Irish incidence and mortality data for specific cancers from 2003-2012 to estimate the number of new cancers and cancer deaths attributable to EBW.

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