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Connecting the Dots: Obesity and Cancer

Seventy-first monthly installment of our "What A Year!" website project, introducing life science breakthroughs to middle and high school students and their teachers. Decades of research on cancer and obesity have established that obesity is one of the greatest risk factors for the development of a variety of cancers including breast, colon and pancreatic cancer. Despite significant advances in cancer treatment and prevention, how or why obesity increases cancer risk still remains unclear. Recent research by Dr. Jian-Wei Gu of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, however, reveals a new connection between the two that could have significant implications for both diseases.

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