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Here’s How Your Stomach Fat May Be Raising Your Cancer Risk

If your favorite past times include enjoying beer with your friends and ordering high-calorie junk food from your favorite restaurants, we don’t blame you. But as you know, all this can result in an expanding waistline. And it’s not just your heart doctors are worried about now — they’re also concerned for your increased risk of cancer.

Here’s what you need to know about the link between belly fat and your cancer risk.

Studies show how harmful stomach fat really is

A close-up on a man's stomach as he rubs it.

A close-up on a man's stomach as he rubs it. A large belly can indicate serious health problems. | iStock.com

First, it’s important to know you have two layers of fat, U.S. News & World Report notes. The top layer that sits directly above your skin isn’t nearly as harmful as the deeper layer, or visceral fat, that surrounds your organs and makes your stomach look larger. According to Michigan State University researchers, the visceral fat in mice produced a protein that turns healthy cells into cancerous ones.

It’s important to remember that this was only studied on mice, however, and studies on humans are more conclusive.

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