Bariatric surgery has already been noted as having as many benefits to weight loss as there are risks. But proper education has been needed to show those deciding on bariatric surgery how much of a personal commitment there has to be in order to be truly successful. Aside from losing weight, though, the incentive to have it done may increase once new studies prove it could help in the worldwide fight against cancer.
Yes, it may be that bariatric surgery is helping to reduce cancer indirectly by providing quicker weight loss solutions. Medical studies have long shown an increase in cancer rates for those with higher body mass indexes. And evidence seems to suggest obese people produce more estrogen as a known cancer causer. Also, higher levels of insulin in the blood are known to be a cause of certain cancerous tumors.
What isn’t known is whether cancer threats are exponentially reduced when bariatric surgery is applied to helping an obese patient lose weight. It might sound strange no studies have been done in that field yet. Now it’s about to be done through the University of Cincinnati.
Will Studies Bring More Incentive to Do Bariatric Surgery?
The above studies will be led by a doctor who’s an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He and others will look at bariatric surgery data over the last decade and determine whether the patients who had it done lowered their chances of cancer in the time since. They’ll compare that data with a large group of other patients who didn’t have bariatric surgery and see if there was any difference in cancer rates.
While the studies will take time, it’s part of the ongoing validation behind bariatric procedures and how much they’re helping people. With obese celebrities having it done in the last few years, they may be helping bring more of a deeper public awareness than they already have. Of course, cancer can strike anyone for a number of different reasons, so the tests will have to be measured carefully.
What America doesn’t need is an uptick in cancer due to so much obesity. If these new studies can confirm bariatric surgery aids in helping lower cancer risk, it could become a major factor in turning the obesity war around.
Regardless, a lengthy discussion with your doctor is going to be essential first to decide if bariatric surgery is appropriate for your health. Here at Desert Surgical & Bariatric Specialists, our Dr. Ramy Awad will carefully go through all the benefits and risks associated with your bariatric procedure so you’ll be thoroughly educated on what to expect. We’ll hopefully have the chance someday to include cancer prevention as one of the mounting bariatric surgery benefits being discovered every year.
Contact us to make an appointment to discuss your bariatric options. With various procedures available, each one is guaranteed to help you lose weight now rather than over time.