Sudden, Unplanned Acute Weight Loss Forecasts Certain Cancer


Sudden, unplanned acute weight loss forecasts certain cancer, says a statement by researchers after performing a strenuous analysis dedicated to explore the link between two conditions.

The University of Exeter along with the University of Oxford led a team of researchers aimed at conducting the first ever methodological study accompanied with a meta-analysis in order to assess all the existing evidences pointing at the connection of weight loss with a certain sort of cancer in primary stage.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded the study, which then disclosed by the British Journal of General Practice. The study later claimed that unplanned acute weight loss is another most risky factor occurring as a predictor of certain types of cancers such as lung, colorectal, renal and pancreatic cancers.

findings of the study have been published in the British Journal of General Practice with a title – ‘Weight loss as a predictor of cancer in primary care: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, authored by William Hamilton, Brian D Nicholson, Paul Aveyard, Jack O’Sullivan and FD Richard Hobbs.

“Streamlined services that allow GPs to investigate non-specific symptoms like weight loss are vitally important and urgently needed if we are to catch cancer earlier and save lives,” said Dr Brian Nicholson from the University of Oxford, who is a leading researcher of the study. “Our research indicates that coordinated investigation across multiple body sites could help to speed up cancer diagnosis in patients with weight loss. We now need to continue our research to understand the most appropriate combination of tests.”