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Risk of Developing, Dying of Breast, Colon Cancers Highest for Type 2 Diabetics

Sep 30, 2013

New research has found that diabetics with breast or colon cancer are more likely to die of those diseases than others. People suffering from type 2 diabetes are also more likely to develop those two forms of cancer than those not stricken with diabetes.

HealthDay News is reporting that a new study from Holland has found a 23 percent increased risk of breast cancer among people with type 2 diabetes compared to those not diagnosed with the disease. Diabetics face a 38 percent greater chance of dying from breast cancer.

A similar risk was found among diabetics and colon cancer. The study revealed that people with type 2 diabetes are 26 percent more likely to develop colon cancer and are 30 percent more likely to die from that disease, too, HealthDay News is reporting on the study from researchers at Erasmus University Medical Center.

The study did not directly link the two forms of cancer with diabetes. Instead, researchers noted an association between the diseases. This most recent study examined the results of two previous studies and, in total, more than 2 million people were used to reach the conclusions.

This evidence adds to a growing stack of research pointing out the many dangers these diabetics face; the list is not limited to type 2 diabetes, but also includes the prescription drugs that treat it.

In the past, we've noted several studies and reports of people with type 2 diabetes who've recently been diagnosed with another form of cancer: bladder cancer. In numerous lawsuits recently filed across the country, diabetics who were once taking Actos to fight the disease say they've developed a life-threatening form of bladder cancer as a result.

Based on our previous accounts, heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes.

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