One of the more significant, but largely understated, co-morbidities of obesity is its association with cancer. While heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and other chronic conditions are readily recognized for their direct association with obesity, cancer remains largely under the radar.
Among the most prominent (both in terms of prevalence and incidence) are breast cancer, colon & rectum and pancreatic cancers, in that order. With prevalence for each numbering at, or in excess of, a million cases globally, these cancers add to the urgency that obesity be addressed for its indirect consequences. Below is illustrated the incidence and prevalence of major cancer types that are co-morbid with obesity.
Source: MedMarket Dilignce, LLC (Report #S835), and International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO)