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Cancer adds further urgency to prioritising obesity control

Ian N Olver and Paul B Grogan
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (4): 191-192.
Published online: 18 August 2008

Obesity control in Australia is imperative, and has much to learn from tobacco-control strategies

The increasing incidence of obesity in Australia is set to impose a major additional cancer burden at a time when population ageing alone is projected to cause unprecedented growth in cancer incidence. While obesity is frequently associated with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, lipid abnormalities and death from heart disease and stroke, there is growing evidence for its role in causing cancer.

  • Ian N Olver1
  • Paul B Grogan2

  • Cancer Council Australia, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: ian.olver@cancer.org.au

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