For Immediate Release: November 4, 2009
Contact: Glen Weldon 202-328-7744 x221

Media Advisory:
Cancer Group Finds Excess Body Fat Alone
Causes More Than 100,000 Cancers in U.S.

Presents Latest Scientific Evidence on Adverse Impact of Obesity
On Cancer Diagnosis and Survival

WASHINGTON, DC — On the heels of new estimates that obesity-related diseases contribute $147 billion to the nation’s health care bill, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is taking aim at the large number of life-threatening cancers that are preventable through effective weight management. In conjunction with its Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer in Washington, AICR will hold a news conference on November 5 to present new, evidence-based estimates that excess body fat alone is responsible for more than 100,000 cancer cases annually in the U.S., including cancers of the endometrium, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, gallbladder, breast and colon/rectum. At the same time, AICR will address the implications of alarmingly low rates of awareness of the obesity/cancer link among the public and present the latest data linking obesity with poorer outcomes both during and after cancer treatment.

The following summarizes the details of this major press event:


Laurence N. Kolonel, M.D., Ph.D., is Deputy Director of the Cancer Research Center of Hawai‘i and a member of the AICR/WCRF expert panel. He will summarize the latest evidence that excess body fat alone is responsible for more than 100,000 cancer cases each year and explain why this link exists. As a member of the AICR/WCRF expert panel, Dr. Kolonel co-authored the landmark report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer:A Global Perspective, as well as its companion report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention.

Melinda Irwin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, will address the role of exercise and weight management on breast cancer survivorship in women.

Alice Bender, M.S., R.D., AICR Nutrition Communications Manager, will chart the findings from AICR’s biennial survey of cancer risk, documenting that awareness of the obesity/cancer link among the general public remains alarmingly low.

When: 11:00 AM, November 5, 2009
Where: Federal Room B, Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW, Washington, DC


The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $96 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, AICR is part of the global network of charities that are dedicated to the prevention of cancer. The WCRF global network is led and unified by WCRF International, a membership association that operates as the umbrella organization for the network. The other charities in the WCRF network are World Cancer Research Fund in the UK (; Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds in the Netherlands (; World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong (; and Fonds Mondial de Recherche contre le Cancer in France (

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