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Revista Cubana de Investigaciones Biomédicas

Print version ISSN 0864-0300On-line version ISSN 1561-3011


HANO GARCIA, Olga Marina; WOOD RODRIGUEZ, Lisette  and  VILLA JIMENEZ, Oscar Manuel. Obesity and colorectal cancer risk. Rev Cubana Invest Bioméd [online]. 2011, vol.30, n.2, pp.251-259. ISSN 0864-0300.

Obesity is a chronic and multifactor disease characterized by presence of excess body fat harmful for health. Several studies have been conducted to assess the possible risk character of different factors for colorectal cancer including the following modifying factors: a diet rich in saturated fats, a diet low in vegetables, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption and obesity. A case-control study was conducted to include 276 adult patients (93 cases and 184 controls) consecutively seen from May, 2008 to May, 2009 in the Institute of Gastroenterology determining a possible association between obesity as risk factor and colorectal cancer. Variables measures included: sex, age, skin color, body mass index, hip-waist circumference and endoscopic location of cancer. We conclude that the colorectal cancer with predominance in female sex and in white people in both groups. Obesity according to a great relation hip-waist had an strong relation with colorectal cancer, which had predominance towards distal colon in both sexes.

Keywords : Colon; cancer; risk; factor; obesity; hip-waist relation; body mass index.

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