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The National Cancer Institute released its Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer (1975-2008) on Wednesday, stating that incidence and death rates from all cancers across all demographics continued to consistently decline in the United States, but that excess weight and lack of physical activity pose a serious health risk.
The overall rate of new cancer diagnoses among men decreased by an average of 0.6 percent per year between 2004 and 2008. Overall cancer incidence rates among women declined 0.5 percent per year from 1998 through 2006, with rates leveling off from 2006 through 2008.
Esophageal adenocarcinoma, cancers of the colon and rectum, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, endometrial cancer, and breast cancer among postmenopausal women are associated with being overweight or obese. Several of these cancers also are associated with not being sufficiently physically active.
The report is co-authored by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society. It appeared early online on March 28, 2012, in the journal CANCER.
Go to the official NCI website to view the full report.
March 28, 2012