Comment: Cancer and high body-mass index

My commentary discussing the article, “Global burden of cancer attributable to high body-mass index in 2012: a population-based study” by Arnold and colleagues has just been published on The Lancet Oncology website:

Cairns BJ. Cancer and high body-mass index: global burden, global effort? Lancet Oncol 2014; Online First, 26 November 2014.

From the press release:

Writing in a linked Comment, Dr Benjamin Cairns from the University of Oxford in the UK says, “If 3·6% of all cancers are associated with high BMI, that is nearly half a million cancers, but this number is large mainly because the world population is large. Global health resources specifically for cancer prevention are not so large, and the resources targeted at obesity must be balanced against those for other important causes of cancer, particularly infections and tobacco use, which are each associated with much larger proportions of cases.”

I hope I’ll be able to post a paywall-free version of the full comment later. [UPDATE: This link might work.]  Until then, access is via the Lancet Oncology website: