BEING too fat dramatically raises the risk of dying from bowel and breast cancers, a study reveals.
Every year spent overweight between the ages of 20 and 50 raises the risk of fatal bowel tumours by four per cent.
For breast cancer it is three per cent.
The news is even worse for those who spent 30 years overweight — fatal bowel cancer risk rises by 224 per cent.
Experts studied 47,000 women but expect similar results in men.
Two thirds of adults are overweight or obese.
It can raise key hormones, damage DNA and trigger inflammation.
Researcher Dr Isabelle Soerjomataram, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said: “Our research shows that effective prevention of overweight and obesity must start at an early age.”
More than 55,000 Brits are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, with 11,500 dying.
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Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK.
There are 40,000 new cases annually, with 16,000 deaths.
Charities say more than a tenth of cases are linked to being overweight or obese.