Obese Prone to Colon Cancer

by Medindia Content Team on  April 9, 2007 at 2:42 PM Cancer News
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Obese Prone to Colon Cancer
San Diego - Obesity is back in the news with one more ailment added to its list of exploits - Colon Cancer. People who are obese carry an enhanced risk of colon cancer.
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Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have unearthed the link between obesity and cancer of the colon. According to scientists, fat cells in the obese secrete a hormone called leptin, which induces growth of colon cancers.

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Cancerous cells grow in the colon, rectum and appendix of sufferers. "The fact we have shown how leptin stimulates these cells means that drug companies may be in a better position to develop new treatments against the disease," explained the researchers.

The study is published in the British Journal of Surgery.

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