Cancer risk increasing for young adults

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-New research from the American Cancer Society found a troubling trend. The risk of cancer is increasing in young adults age 24 to 49 because of obesity.

The six obesity-related cancers that are increasing with young adults include kidney, pancreatic, colorectal and gallbladder to name a few.

Kristin Sullivan, director of nutrition and physical activity at the American Cancer Society, did not author the study but has researched it.

“What we are seeing is that millennial generations are growing up having been overweight or obese since they were kids. Older generations tend to gain weight as they age,” Sullivan said.

Obesity during childhood is a major predictor of adult obesity. Sullivan urged immediate action, and said this should be a wake-up call for communities all over the country.