According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 630,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with a cancer associated with being overweight or obese in 2014.
These cancers account for about 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in that same year. Although the overall rate of new cancers diagnosed has fallen since the 1990s, rates of obesity-related cancers have been rising.
The 13 cancers that are associated with overweight and obesity include meningioma, multiple myeloma, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, and cancers of the thyroid, postmenopausal breast, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus and colon and rectum (colorectal).
“A majority of American adults weigh more than recommended—and being overweight or obese puts people at higher risk for a number of cancers—so these findings are a cause for concern,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD. “By getting to and keeping a healthy weight, we all can play a role in cancer prevention.”
In addition to reducing cancer risks, losing weight has been linked to a multitude of benefits, including improved quality of life,1,2 and improved psychological health.2,3 As obesity continues to rise across the nation, you now have an option that can attract the mild to moderately obese population in your community with the ReShape® weight loss program. ReShape provides your patients with a dual weight loss balloon that has a higher filling capacity than any single gastric balloon, one year of comprehensive coaching to support their success and encourage lifestyle changes, a wireless scale, resources to help them stay on track and reach their goals, and access to the ReShape Patient Portal that allows your patient to track progress, activity, and food intake.
ReShape also provides you and your staff with the marketing and public relations tools to help you spread the word in your community. In addition, you’ll receive the materials you need to explain the procedure, set expectations, and start patients on the right track.
It’s estimated that there are over 60 million people with mild-to-moderate obesity. Many of them have tried traditional weight loss methods and are frustrated with the lack of results. They are looking for a better solution but aren’t ready for surgery. With ReShape, you have the ability to offer a cash-pay option to an entirely new lower BMI patient population that’s actively looking for a non-surgical solution.
For more information on the ReShape intragastric balloon and how you can grow your practice by attracting more weight loss patients with the complete ReShape weight loss program, click here.
1. Karlsen TI, Lund RS, Røislien J, et al. Health related quality of life after gastric bypass or intensive lifestyle intervention: a controlled clinical study. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2013;11:17.
2. Kubik JF, Gill RS, Laffin M, Karmali S. The impact of bariatric surgery on psychological health. J Obes. 2013;2013:837989.
3. Dwyer JT, Melanson KJ, MS US, Cross P, Wilson M. Dietary treatment of obesity. In: De Groot LJ, Beck-Peccoz P, Chrousos G, et al., eds. Endotext. South Dartmouth, MA: MDText.com, Inc.; 2000-. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov /books/NBK278991. Updated February 28, 2015. Accessed May 5, 2015.