Higher breast cancer risk is tied to recent diabetes diagnosis

12/19/2011 | InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration)

Breast cancer patients were 37% more likely than those without the disease to have been diagnosed with diabetes during the previous four years, a study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium revealed. Researchers also found that pancreatic, liver and colon cancers were associated with increased rates of recent diabetes diagnoses. Diabetes-related hormonal milieu may promote the growth of tumors that are present but dormant, researcher Dr. Håkan Olsson said.

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