03 May '11, 3am

Colon cancer: Higher risk if you're too thin

Colon cancer: Higher risk if you're too thin

May 3, 2011 IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY Colon cancer: Higher risk if you're too thin Skinny folk 33% more likely to be hit than those of ideal weight: Study By Salma Khalik , HEALTH CORRESPONDENT Results of the study BMI from 21.5 to 24.4: In this ideal group, 89 out of 100,000 had colon cancer. BMI from 18.5 to 21.4 and from 24.5 to 27.4: The number of cases went up to 103 in this 'shoulder' group. BMI of 18.4 or less: In this group of underweight people, it shot up to 119 - 33 per cent higher than the ideal. THE skinny on colon cancer is this - not only fat people have a higher risk of getting it. Those who are underweight are in the same boat. This surprising finding has emerged from the long-term Singapore Chinese Health Study, which involves more than 50,000 participants. Read the full report in Tuesday's edition of The Straits Times. [email protected] Tweet Text size Di...

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