Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

_104275854_gettyimages-672129752Source: BBC News

A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say.

A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.

And more than one in 20 cancer cases – about 22,800 cases each year in the UK – are caused by excess body weight.

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