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Unintended weight loss is the second highest risk factor for some forms of cancer, concludes the first robust research analysis to examine the association, led by primary care researchers.

A team led by the Universities of Oxford and Exeter conducted the first systematic review and meta-analysis to examine all available evidence on the association between weight loss and cancer in primary care. Their study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and published in the British Journal of General Practice, found that unintended weight loss is the second highest risk factor for colorectal, lung, pancreatic and renal cancers.

Find out more (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences)

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