Obesity and cancer with emphasis on bariatric surgery

Ted D. Adams, Steven Hunt, Lance E. Davidson, Mia Hashibe

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The aim of this chapter is to identify cancers that to date have been associated with obesity and to highlight the leading physiologic theories linking obesity and cancer. The chapter will then explore the validity of national and international recommendations to reduce adiposity, when appropriate, for the purpose of lowering cancer incidence as well as risk for cancer recurrence. Finally, as a result of bariatric surgery the opportunity has been advanced to investigate whether or not long-term voluntary weight loss for overweight or obesity is associated with reduced cancer risk and lower cancer-related mortality. Finally, the chapter will review cancer risk and cancer mortality subsequent to bariatric surgery, with brief mention of cancer diagnosis incidental to weight loss surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781493916375
ISBN (Print)9781493916368
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cancer
  • Cancer recurrence
  • Mortality
  • Obesity
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Adams, T. D., Hunt, S., Davidson, L. E., & Hashibe, M. (2015). Obesity and cancer with emphasis on bariatric surgery. In Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, Second Edition (pp. 471-484). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-1637-5_50