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4.5 Preventing chronic disease locally and globally: delivery of prevention intervention via the Supercourse
O4-5.3 Epidemiology and the prevention of cancer by tackling the obesity epidemic: traditional and novel approaches
  1. F Linkov1,
  2. E Shubnikov2,
  3. R LaPorte1,
  4. R Ramanathan1,
  5. G Hamad1,
  6. A Courcoulas1,
  7. D H Bovbjerg1
  1. 1University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2Institute of Internal Medicine, Novosibirks, Russian Federation

Abstract

Cancer is becoming the number one cause of death around the world. While significant advanced have been made in the management of several cancers, prevention is still the best way to relieve the burden of this deadly disease. Obesity epidemic observed in both developing and developed world may potentially fuel cancer epidemic. Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of endometrial cancer. An improved understanding of biologic mechanisms associated with weight loss may guide preventive strategies for endometrial cancer development. At the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, we are coordinating several studies where we are investigating the link between intentional weight and changes in biomarkers associated with cancer. In addition to traditional weight management approaches such as diet, exercise, and bariatric surgery, we believe that we need to start exploring the utility of mobile devices to spread the world about cancer prevention through effective weight management. Over the last decade, the number of mobile phone users worldwide increased dramatically, with over 80% of the world's population having access to mobile phones in 2011. Mobile apps are increasingly popular especially in the area of health and exercise, especially among smart phone users. While several “anti-obesity” apps became available in the past year to fight obesity epidemic among kids, we did not yet accumulate enough research information to evaluate their effectiveness. We are trying to build a dialogue between the experts in epidemiology, obesity, and mobile technology for the prevention of obesity and chronic conditions associated with obesity.

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