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Higher BMI in Youth Impacts Future Cancer Risks
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Higher BMI in Youth Impacts Future Cancer Risks

High BMI at the time of conscription was linked to an increased risk of 17 malignancies, including lung, head and neck, brain, thyroid, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, liver, colon, rectal, kidney, and bladder cancer, as well as malignant melanoma, leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoma (both Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's). For several cancer types, the risk was already enhanced with a BMI of 20-22.4, which is within the normal weight range (18.5-24.9). Cancers of the head and neck, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, and kidney were among them, as were malignant melanoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "This suggests that the current definition of normal weight may be applicable primarily for older adults, while an optimal weight as a young adult is likely to ...