The World Health Organization has fingered a high body mass index for roughly half-a-million cancer cases per year. Not surprisingly, North America, with its proliferation of obesity, is seen to be most affected. Of course, a high BMI is associated with a wide array of diseases, but an association with cancer has only been hinted at, before. Now WHO is pointing the finger with little reservation. Scientific American breaks the news: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fat-to-blame-for-half-a-million-cancers-a-year/

The Oregonian has its take, along with links to other resources on the subject, here: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/12/science_roundup_dec_7.html#incart_river

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