Thyroid, kidney cancers linked to childhood obesity
CHICAGO, IL - Federal researchers say childhood kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years. And although the diseases are rare, researchers are wondering if the rising rates could be related to obesity.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say from 2000 to 2009, the rate for all childhood cancers combined - 171 cases per million children - remained stable. There were slight increases in blacks and adolescents.
During that period there were about 120,000 new cancer diagnoses among infants and children ages 1 through 19.
Researchers say for thyroid cancer, the rate of diagnosis climbed from nearly six cases per million children to eight per million children in 2009. And for kidney cancer, the rate climbed from 0.5 cases per million to 0.7 cases per million.
Studies showing increases in both kinds of cancer in adults have suggested causes might include rising obesity rates. Childhood obesity also has increased in recent years.
September is American Heart Association's Childhood Obesity Month. Kristen Gradney from Our Lady of the Lake stopped by 2une In this morning for tips on battling childhood obesity.