A local study says obese cancer patients are more likely to develop a second primary cancer.
The National Cancer Center and Seoul National University Hospital released the results of its study on 240-thousand male cancer patients over eight years.
Among obese men whose body mass index is higher than 25, the chance of getting cancer was 318-point-three per 100-thousand people.
The possibility of getting a secondary primary cancer for cancer patients whose BMI is over 25 was 391-point-eight per 100-thousand people, 23 percent higher compared to obese men.
Cancer risks for obese men with a BMI over 30 increased 12 percent, while for obese cancer patients it jumped 40 percent.
Similar results were consistently found with cancer of the colon, liver and kidneys.
The study suggested that obese cancer patients are at a higher risk of developing a secondary cancer as their unhealthy lifestyle is more likely to cause genetic mutations.
Source: KBS World Radio