Metabolic syndrome, obesity, and the risk of cancer development

Published: 18 August 2016
Author(s): Rafael Bitzur, Ronen Brenner, Elad Maor, Maayan Antebi, Tomer Ziv-Baran, Shlomo Segev, Yechezkel Sidi, Shaye Kivity
Issue: August 2016
Section: Original Article

Metabolic syndrome and its components are severe global health issues that are increasing in frequency as the prevalence of obesity increases. Various studies have established a correlation between metabolic syndrome and diseases including, diabetes mellitus, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and cardiovascular disease. In recent years, correlations have also been detected between obesity and metabolic syndrome and the prevalence of certain types of cancer. The current study examines whether obesity and metabolic syndrome components are risk factors for cancer among the adult population in Israel.