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Diet and Exercise Habits Strongly Related to Higher Rates of CRC in People with Lower Education and/or Income

Fewer people in the U.S. are getting colorectal cancer (CRC), but that progress is seen much more often in well-off and highly educated Americans. In fact, the gap is widening in rate of colorectal deaths in people with less education and/or who live in deeply disadvantaged communities. Researchers now have shown that differences in weight, diet and physical activity play a huge role in the higher rates and deaths from CRC among people of lower socioeconomic status. In a paper published in the Sept. 4 2012 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a careful statistical analysis of  a 10-year observational study of a half-million people indicated that helping people of lower

Medicare Now Covers Obesity Counseling

Obese people on Medicare  now have the opportunity to have regular weight loss counseling paid for when offered by a primary care provider.  Since this is considered prevention, there is no co-pay. On November 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that there was enough evidence that intensive behavioral counseling was reasonable and necessary to prevent disease or disability and that Medicare beneficiaries were entitled to coverage as a preventive service. This is particularly good news for people trying to prevent colon or rectal cancer since studies have consistently found a link between body mass index (fatness) and colorectal cancer, including the World  Cancer Research Foundation which included

Some Colorectal Cancers Not Connected to Obesity

Although being obese increases risk for most colon and rectal cancers, the connection isn’t true in all types of colorectal cancer. Cancers that are linked to microsatellite instability (MSI) don’t appear to be influenced by obesity, strengthening the belief that MSI cancers come about differently than the average colorectal cancer. Overall, in a recent study, body mass index and weight gain during adult life increased risk of colorectal cancer by about 30 percent for men and 20 percent for women. However, increased risk was limited to microsatellite stable or microsatellite low tumors.

124,000 New Cancers In Europe Due to Obesity

ECCO/ESMO UPDATE — BERLIN 2009 Being overweight was a key reason for at least 124,000 new cancers in European countries in 2008, including nearly 24,000 from colorectal cancer. 3.2 percent of new cancer diagnoses in men and 8.8 percent of women’s cancers could be attributed to excessive body mass index (BMI).  This was a dramatic increase from  2002 that found 70,000 cases of cancer directly related to obesity out of 2.2 million European cancers overall.