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Weight and Height Linked to Kidney Cancer

Sep 16, 2015 | Posted in News

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International and their analysis of worldwide research on kidney cancer, there is strong evidence that being overweight, tall and consuming excess amounts of alcoholic drinks increases your risk for kidney cancer.

World Cancer Research Fund International Key Findings

  • There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of kidney cancer. Being overweight or obese was assessed by body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio. This finding remains unchanged from our 2007 Second Expert Report.
  • There is strong evidence that being tall increases the risk of kidney cancer (developmental factors in the womb, and during childhood and adolescence, that influence growth are linked to an increased risk of kidney cancer). The taller a person is, the greater his or her risk of kidney cancer.
  • There is strong evidence that consuming alcoholic drinks decreases the risk of kidney cancer, when consuming up to 30 grams (about 2 drinks) a day. There is insufficient, specific evidence for higher levels of drinking - for example, 50 grams (about 3 drinks) or 70 grams (about 5 drinks) a day. It is also important to remember that there is strong evidence that alcohol is linked to an increased risk of five other cancers.

For more information, please read World Cancer Research Fund International's Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Kidney Cancer report.

Source: World Cancer Research Fund International

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