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Losing weight reduces the risk of melanoma

May 29, 2018 15:10

In addition to fast and long-term weight loss and a host of health benefits, bariatric surgery is associated with reduced risk of developing malignant melanoma - a deadly form of skin cancer.

A recent study, which will be presented on Thursday at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, Austria, have shown that the likelihood of skin cancer and melanoma in people undergoing surgery for weight loss, reduced by 42% and 61% respectively.

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This protective effect was observed in group 2 007 Swedish obese, who have decided to undergo bariatric surgery. The period of observation of the participants was 18 years.

Scientists compared the patients who underwent surgery for weight loss, with 2040 Swedes suffering from obesity. Participants in the control group were similar to participants in the experimental group by age, sex, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, psychosocial variables and personal qualities.

Scientists were unable to answer the question why the development of cancer in the "fans" sunbathing has been blocked after they have undergone surgery. They suggest that serious weight loss has changed the likelihood of developing melanoma.

The results of the study "supports the idea that obesity is a risk factor for melanoma, and points to the fact that weight loss in obese people can reduce the risk to mertelnoy form of skin cancer , Which has been increasing steadily for several decades. "

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2018 in the United States will be diagnosed about 91,270 new melanomas, and about 9,320 people will die from this disease. The organization reported a recent increase in the incidence of melanoma - from 2008 to 2018 the number of new cases of melanoma increased by 53%.

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-05-weight-loss-surgery-melanoma.html

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