We’ve just got wind of some startling new research which, of course, we felt we simply had to share with you (O.K so my bosses told me to tell you about it but, still, you get to hear some rather fascinating news!) A team of scientists has published research which suggests that having weight loss surgery can reduce a woman’s risk of developing cancer in later life by around 40%. This is massive news which could have widespread implications, not just in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery, but also in the wider medical world as well. Obviously, this is only one set of results and many more tests and investigations will have to be carried out to see if these claims are actually feasible and trustworthy.
It has long been known that there is a link between having a higher than average BMI and an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer but this is the first time, after this research by scientists at the University of Gothenburg, that the trend has been looked at going the other way. This is essentially the first proof that weight loss surgery could, in fact, be even more beneficial than losing weight naturally. It was this information which brought the scientists to conclude that well-timed weight loss surgery could well be highly beneficial to the long-term health of female patients; however no such conclusion has yet been reached as to whether this is also the case for obese males. One of the lead authors on the study has spoken out, saying that:
“The current exploratory report on cancer further underlines the favourable effects of bariatric surgery, particularly in women.”
Cancer is one of the biggest killers in the U.K, and yet our country is also facing an obesity crisis. It would seem like news which was too good to be true if a way were found to synthesise treatments for both conditions. Whilst this news is cause for excitement, we must also remain cautious. Many more investigations need to be carried out, as well as attempts to determine whether this treatment can also be beneficial for men as well as for women. We here on this blog will certainly be keeping an eye out for any developments and will let you know as soon as something new is revealed. In the meantime, we hope you all stay healthy.