A recent study from Sweden published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that being overweight or obese during adolescence is associated with an increased risk for developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) later in life.

The researchers noted that increased body mass index (BMI) during adolescence was associated with an increased risk of RCC in 266 men who were diagnosed with RCC during a follow-up of as long as 37 years.

The researchers concluded that “New data supporting a link between adolescent overweight/obesity — alone and in combination with low physical working capacity — and renal cancer adds further important evidence supporting the implementation of early interventions within the rapidly growing group of overweight and obese teenagers.”

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