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Obesity and Cancer

Call for Papers

Obesity has reached a warning level around the globe. Along with the continuing research on addressing this epidemic, scientific efforts have left no doubt that there is a link between obesity and risk for specific types of cancer. According to the recent statistics released by the American Association for Cancer Research, overweight and obesity contribute cumulatively to 25% of the cancer development. Additionally, obesity worsens survival after cancer diagnosis and significantly shortens the lifespan of the cancerous patient.

Despite recent national and international efforts in controlling the obesity outbreak, the issue still exists as a huge challenge ahead of clinician scientists. The mechanism through which obesity links to specific forms of cancer is unclear. On the other hand, we are still learning about how weight loss might lower the risk of cancer development. Nevertheless, interventions resulting in a considerable weight loss, such as bariatric surgery, might be of interest in terms of their effect on the risk of developing cancer.

This special issue aims to bring a platform for outstanding studies in the field of oncology research which have a special look at obesity as a risk factor. With that in mind, this special issue of the journal welcomes submissions which connect these two entities in an epidemiological, socioeconomical, clinical, surgical, or pharmaceutical basis. Original studies, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis are the acceptable formats considered for potential peer-review.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • The prevalence and incidence of different types of cancers in overweight/obese patients
  • Mechanisms by which overweight and obesity lead to cancer development
  • Childhood obesity and cancer development
  • Quality of care in cancer patients with obesity
  • Survival of cancer patients with overweight or obesity
  • National and international trend in cancer diagnosis along with increasing obesity prevalence
  • Recent advance in treatment of cancer in obese patients
  • Alteration in cancer incidence along with changes in offspring's lifestyle modifications
  • Role of bariatric surgery in standard-of-care for cancer
  • Changes in mortality risk of cancer in obese patients

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 23 March 2018
Publication DateAugust 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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