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Obesity surgery may cut cancer risk

June 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two new studies from a meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery shows gastric bypass and procedures like it help patients in many ways.Canadian researchers say it appears to cut cancer risk 80 percent in morbidly obese patients.

In a study 6,000 people, those who had obesity surgery had reductions in pancreatic, skin and uterine cancers, as well as, non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Obesity surgery is also well known to reduce diabetes risk.

In a separate study, Wisconsin researchers say surgeries like gastric bypass did more to control diabetes in obese patients than those put on medication alone.


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