Millennials are great at many things but a recent report shows that they aren’t the best as far as resistance to cancer is concerned. The report has proved that obesity-related cancers are increasing among millennials in the country. It means people under the age of 50 are being more vulnerable to cancers that are associated with obesity. It also refers to the increasing rates of obesity in the United States.
There are 12 major types of cancers that are related to obesity. It was found that six of these cancers were increasing exponentially in the past years, affecting the current generation. Making things worse, the young part of the population is more affected by the increase. The research was published in The Lancet Public Health and contains information about these trends.
“This finding signals an increased burden of obesity-related cancers in older adults in the future and calls for actions to mitigate this burden,” says the senior author of the paper. It is clear that the increasing rates of obesity is indeed a problem that millennials in the country have to address. It is very likely that the increase in obesity rates would also lead to an epidemic of cancer.
The study was based on the data collected from various cancer registries across the country. Data about 30 different cancers were taken into account and compared. While the data was from a bigger span of time, it was found that within the past 20 years, there have been 14.7 million new cases of cancer. At the same time, in case of other cancers, the rates were declining.
“Less than half of primary care physicians regularly assess body mass index despite national screening recommendations. Further, only a third of patients report receiving a diagnosis or weight loss counseling,” added the lead author while emphasizing the need of considering obesity as a potential symptom.