Washington: Diabetes is associated with lower risk of prostate cancer in men but with higher risk of other cancers in both men and women, according to a new study. The NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study data also showed an association between diabetes and higher cancer mortality rates. "Our results provide further evidence that abnormal insulin and glucose signaling may contribute to cancer initiation and development," said Gabriel Lai, a cancer prevention fellow at the US National Cancer Institute.
As for mortality, diabetes was associated with an 11 per cent increased risk in women and a 17 per cent increased risk in men. "These risks appeared independent from other cancer risk factors, such as obesity and cigarette smoking," Lai said. After evaluating by cancer site, the researchers found diabetes was associated with a significant increase in risk for colon, rectal and liver cancers among men and women. In men, diabetes was associated with an increased risk for pancreatic and bladder cancers; in women, it was associated with an increased risk for stomach, anal and endometrial cancers. No association was found between diabetes and lung, skin or other cancers.ANI
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