Kidney cancers: Major rise ‘linked to obesity’

BBC News

Obesity is fuelling a major increase in the number of cases of kidney cancers diagnosed in Britain, experts say.

Cancer Research UK has published figures showing there were just over 9,000 cases in 2009, compared with just under 2,300 in 1975.

Obesity increases kidney cancer risk by about 70%, compared with smoking which increases it by about 50%.

Cancer Research UK says too few people understand the cancer risk of being overweight.

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