Washington: Being diabetic or obese after 60 years of age may increase breast cancer risk in women, a new study has suggested.Data also showed that high blood lipids were less common in patients when diagnosed with breast cancer, while low blood lipids were associated with an increased risk.Researchers of the Swedish study also looked at overall cancer incidence and discovered that use of one diabetes drug was associated with a lower rate of any cancer, while another was associated with an increased risk.Researchers evaluated health care data from a region of 1.5 million people living in South-western Sweden to provide a comprehensive picture of cancer risk.“We are looking at everybody, and we found that diabetes in adult women and obesity in women aged 60 and older significantly increased breast cancer risk,” said Hakan Olsson, professor in the departments of oncology and cancer epidemiology at Lund University.“This is useful information for women who want to know their risk and who can take steps to lower it.”He and his colleagues examined records of 2,724 patients up to 10 years before they developed cancer and 20,542 patients who never developed the disease.
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