Recent data suggest that obesity increases the risk of MM. Excess body weight has been shown to increase the risk of death from various cancers and MM in a prospective studied population of more than 900,000 US adults. Some studies attributed the higher risk of MM in blacks to obesity, which is more common in blacks. However, recent studies showed that MM risk appears equal among black and white obese male veterans. As the prevalence of obesity and overweight worldwide increases, it is important to define its impact on cancer and to elucidate the mechanisms involved.123'124

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