Diabetics More Prone for Particular Cancers

by Mark Benson on September 16, 2011

Diabetes can increase risk of cancer

According to U.S. study, people suffering from diabetes suffer a higher risk to contract certain kinds of cancer than those who have normal blood sugar levels. The male diabetics are prone to suffer from pancreatic cancer while female women have an increased risk of contracting breast cancer.

The conclusion came after a telephone survey of almost 400,000 adults. The results yielded that for every hundred male diabetics, sixteen suffered from cancer while for every hundred female diabetics, seventeen had cancer. Comparatively, for those who don’t suffer from diabetes, only seven men out of a hundred and ten out of a hundred had cancer.

According to Chao-yang Li, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the study’s lead author said, “The significant association between cancer and diabetes does not surprise us.”

Li mentioned that there have been other studies that established a link between cancer and diabetes but there has been no established proof that one is the cause of the other.

In the study, factors such as age, race, smoking and drinking habits considered, the research concluded that there was an increased risk of ten percent for diabetics, be it males or females to contract cancer of any kind.

A special conclusion was found, as women had increased risk for breast cancer, leukemia or uterine cancer. Leukemia diagnosis for female diabetics were reported for three in every thousand women compared to one in every thousand for non-diabetic women. On the other hand, diabetic males were more prone to colonic, pancreatic, rectal, urinary bladder, kidney or prostate cancer. The highest findings were for pancreatic cancer with sixteen cases per ten thousand male diabetics compared to just two cases for every ten thousand non-diabetics.

“(The study) shows there’s a substantial pool of American adults who have diabetes and cancer,” according to Fred Brancati, a professor at Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore, Maryland. He further added, “The authors rightly point out that these two conditions go together beyond chance alone, so it pays to think about them together.” Brancati also had a study which showed that death from cancer risk for diabetics is forty percent greater compared to non-diabetics.

Li’s study still could not establish the link between diabetes and cancer. A theory propounded is that high blood sugar levels or excess blood insulin may be the contributor to increase the risk, but this still has to be proven.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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Bowmanave September 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Vichy is corrects your subsetability is dependent on your body's ability to cope what you eat does play a part In it but, overall this factor is more important.

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