The Coalition against Morbid Obesity applauds the results of a Montreal study showing that cancer risk are reduced by 80% after bariatric surgery



    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Josée Roy and Jennifer Schultz,
cofounders of the Coalition against Morbid Obesity (www.lepoidsquitue.com),
welcome the results of a major scientific study on bariatric surgery conducted
in Montreal. This study shows that morbidly obese patients who had bariatric
surgery reduced the risk of developing cancer by about 80 percent, with breast
cancer and colon cancer showing the greatest reductions. "Several diseases and
conditions are associated with morbid obesity. This latest study demonstrates
once again the benefits of bariatric surgery, the most efficient treatment of
morbid obesity as recognized by the World Health Organization," states
Ms. Schultz. "It must be stressed that morbidly obese people also suffer from
many other related diseases and affections that are very costly for our
healthcare system," declares Ms. Roy. "This study and many other recent
scientific studies1 clearly show that bariatric surgery hinders the
development of associated diseases requiring expensive treatments.
Consequently, after just a few years, the costs of bariatric surgery are
largely offset by the savings in the treatment costs of other diseases
associated with morbid obesity. To perform bariatric surgery on a single
morbidly obese patient means major savings in as many budget items as the
number of associated diseases he/she is suffering from," concludes Ms. Roy.

    Eloquent results

    The results of the study
(http://www.lepoidsquitue.com/salledepresse_en.php) conducted by Nicholas
Christou, MD, PhD, lead author and Director of Bariatric Surgery and Professor
of Surgery at McGill University, were announced yesterday in Washington at the
25th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
(ASMBS) www.asmbs.org.

    Morbid obesity

    Morbid obesity is the starting point for different types of diseases that
are often fatal, such as arterial hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, or heart
disease. An individual's obesity level can be evaluated by means of the body
mass index (BMI), which is calculated by dividing the person's weight by his
or her height squared (Kg/m(2)). Morbid obesity corresponds to a BMI higher
than or equal to 40, or higher than or equal to 35 if accompanied by
comorbidities.

    Bariatric surgery

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), bariatric surgery is
considered to be the only effective treatment for morbid obesity. Bariatric
surgery includes a series of techniques that are based on two intervention
principles: gastric bypass (reduced volume) and intestinal malabsorption
(derivation). In Québec in 2005, the Agence d'évaluation des technologies et
des modes d'intervention en santé (AETMIS) tabled a report entitled "Surgical
Treatment of Morbid Obesity - Update", which reviews all of the bariatric
surgery techniques. The AETMIS recommended establishing an action plan in
Québec to define the need for bariatric surgery and devise ways to respond to
these.

    About the Coalition against Morbid Obesity

    Created in February 2007, the Coalition against Morbid Obesity is a
non-profit, Québec-based organization that draws on the strength of
association to increase awareness of the issue of morbid obesity and to foster
better access to bariatric surgery in Québec. Its signature, "Weight that
kills", expresses the dramatic situation that is experienced by people who are
suffering from morbid obesity. As its name indicates, this disease leads to a
faster death for those who are afflicted. For more information, visit
www.lepoidsquitue.com.

    
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    (1) A team of researchers from McGill University headed by
        Doctor Nicholas V. Christou in 2004 and a Swedish study published in
        2007 in The New England Journal of Medicine.
        (http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/357/8/741)
    




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