Scientists Discover a Link between Obesity and Colon Cancer

Christina Dodd 

America is well known around the world as the planet’s fattest country. There, I said it; we are fat! You only have to look out of your window or take a walk down the street to realize why we are ranked as numero uno in the fat category. The United States has the most fast food restaurants per square inch in the world – bar none! And we definitely use them… The fast food industry is wildly successful in this country – if it is cooked in grease or over 500 calories, we can’t get enough of it!

We have been hearing about the dangers of obesity for a while now, and everything that we’ve been hearing about it should be enough to make us sit up and take notice, but apparently we haven’t got the message loud and clear enough. Well, a recent study shows that obesity is linked to yet another scary subject: cancer. Not just any cancer either – colon cancer! Right now, colon cancer is killing more people than almost all of the other types of cancer, and not to mention the other diseases out there. Maybe this will be the thing to make us change our eating and exercise habits.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and it has linked obesity to colon cancer through genetics. Some obese people have a fat hormone in their bodies called adeponectin, and some don’t. This fat hormone comes from a gene called ADIPOQ, and as long as this fat hormone is in your body die to the effects of the ADIPOQ gene, you will be 30 percent less likely to develop colon cancer. However, a lot of people have significant amounts of adeponectin hormone without the gene, and these people are a lot more likely to get colon cancer.

Scientists are using this study as a launch pad to other, more in depth studies on the link between obesity, genetics and colon cancer. They say that with this new knowledge, they can finally do some more in depth tests on the subject and find out a lot more about it. Researchers are also very hopeful that through the results of this and future studies, they will be able to come up with a better screening process for colon cancer in regards to obese people. We may even be able to detect colon cancer earlier, which always makes for a better chance of successful recovery from the cancer.

One thing the researchers knew for sure about the link between obesity and colon cancer was that anyone can lessen their chances of getting the disease by losing weight, getting in shape and adopting better eating habits. Not only will this help to prevent colon cancer, but it will also keep some other diseases and ailments away, such as heart disease and stroke. I encourage you to wake up America, and start preventing colon cancer today. Don’t wait until it is too late!