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Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical, talks obesity and cancer

Omaha, NE (October 9, 2014) - Obesity is an overarching problem that drags down nearly every other aspect of health, a fact that those with travel nursing careers know well. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, shares new research linking obesity to cancer.

On top of being tied to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke, obesity has been shown to increase the risk for 10 common forms of cancer, according to a new study that is the largest of its kind.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Farr Institute of Health Informatics analyzed the medical records of more than 5 million adults in the U.K. between 1987 and 2012 to understand how obesity affected cancer. In the results, almost 167,000 people developed cancer, and high body mass index (BMI) was associated with 17 of the 22 cancers that the patients had.

For every 5 kilograms per square meter of BMI increase, there was a 31 percent increase in the risk of cancer of the gallbladder; a 62 percent higher risk in the uterus; 25 percent increase in the kidney; 19 percent in the liver; and 10 percent or less of colon, cervix, thyroid, ovarian, post-menopausal and leukemia. 

"There was a lot of variation in the effect of BMI on different cancers," lead researcher Dr. Krishnan Bhaskaran explained to BBC News. "For example, risk of cancer of the uterus increased substantially at higher body mass index, for other cancer, we saw a more modest increase in risk or no effect at all. This variation tells us BMI must affect cancer risk through a number of different processes, depending on cancer type."

Read the full article to learn the relationship between cancer and obesity.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.