Diabetes means a 25% higher risk of blood cancers

Diabetes means a 25% higher risk of blood cancers

Dr. Jorge Castillo from The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and colleagues, carried out a meta-analysis of 26 previously published research articles.  Previous studies have linked diabetes to an increased risk in colon, stomach and pancreatic cancers.

Dr Castillo said “Our study was based on 17,000 cases, which is a large study, and basically shows that of patients with type II diabetes, the risk of having blood cancers increases by approximately 20%-25%.  Taking steps to prevent type II diabetes could translate into 7,000 fewer blood cancer cases [in the US each year]”.

Study published in the American Hematology Journal, 2012.  As reported by ksm.com on October 10, 2012. 

Posted: Monday 12 November 2012

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