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Female patients who had gastric bypass surgery are 42 per cent less likely to develop cancer

Written By Betty van der Mark on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | 5:13 AM

A Swedish study, published in the Lancet Oncology, has found that female patients who had surgery were 42 per cent less likely to develop cancer. But there was no change to the incidence of cancer in men. The authors, based at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, concluded: 'In our study, the significant reduction in overall cancer incidence in the female surgery group emanated from a variety of cancer types, indicating a broad effect of bariatric surgery.' Dr Andrew Renehan, of the University of Manchester's School of Cancer, said the findings reinforced the importance of studying the sexes separately.
He said the most likely explanation for the weight-loss surgery in reducing cancer risk was its impact on hormones. Read more on: Mail Online

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