TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Nearly two-thirds of Kansas adults are overweight or obese, which means they're at higher risk for cancers, including breast, colon, endometrial and a host of others...
Dr. Scott Teeter, an internal medicine physican with Topeka's Cotton-O'Neil Clinic, says the link between obesity and cancer isn't completely understood, but it is thought to be related to inflammatory factors more prevelant in people who are carrying extra pounds.
Teeter is part of Stormont-Vail's Cancer Committee. Among its tasks are community-wide prevention campaigns. The latest, "Cut Fat - Cut Cancer," aims to give people the skinny on fat.
Teeter says obesity is a frustrating area for both physicians and patients because difficult to get a handle on and involves many facets. However, he says the more that people are aware of it and talk about it, the better off people are in getting started on prevention and awareness.
The "Cut Fat - Cut Cancer" campaign includes mailings and newsletter articles with advice including healthy recipes. They're also spreading the word at health fairs and community festivals. The campaign also has an element focusing on their own employees.
"It's our family," Teeter said. "We want to have a healthy family and lead by example in the community. If our employees are successful at it, we can show everyone you can do it too."
The American Cancer Society estimates one-third of cancer deaths are due to poor nutrition.