Body weight in youth associated with NHL in adulthood


According to a poster presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, there is a link between body weight in young adulthood and cancer later in life.

Using data from the Nurse's Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study (HPFS), researchers from Harvard found an association between obesity in both men and women between the ages of 18-21 and development of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma later in life.

Obesity in this case was defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher. The link between the two was far more prominent in men than in women.

Obese men had a 64 percent higher risk of developing NHL than peers who were not obese. In women this higher risk was 19 percent.

The Nurse's Health Study (NHS) followed over 91,000 women for 28 years. The Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study (HPFS) followed over 47,000 men for 22 years.


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