In addition to the tremendous variations between the countries of the globe, it is important to mention the fact that the same research finds significant gender differences when it comes to the cancer cases that occur due to high body mass index. Having said that, the countries with the highest prevalence of cancers attributed to obesity in men are Malta, the United Kingdom, Jordan as well as the Czech Republic, the latter being particularly important given the fact that approximately 5.5% of all the new cancer cases that are recorded in the country occur in overweight men.
At the opposite end, there are countries with the highest cancer burden that is attributed to obesity in women, such as Puerto Rico, the Czech Republic again as well as Barbados (where almost 13% of the country’s new cancer cases occur in overweight women). One thing is for sure, though: regardless of the variations in terms of geographical location, the number of cancer cases that are related to obesity was found to be considerably higher in women than it is in men.
One of the most common types of cancer, which is often linked to obesity in women, is the postmenopausal breast cancer. As a matter of fact, up to 10% of all these cases account for overweght women. One in ten women who suffer from breast cancer all over the world suffers from obesity, while the colon and endometrium cancers account for more than two thirds of all the cancers that are linked to a high body mass index in women.