Diabetes Associated With Increased Bowel Cancer Risk
Diabetics may have up to three times greater risk of developing bowel cancer, according to a British study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers and Prevention.
If confirmed, this research could help health experts develop prevention strategies, one of the researchers told BBC News Online.
The study, by Cancer Research UK and the Medical Research Council, included nearly 10,000 men and women ages 45 to 79. Researchers first tested the study volunteers' blood sugar levels and, six years later, checked their health.
People with diabetes and also those with abnormal glucose metabolism, which can lead to diabetes, were more likely to have bowel cancer. This finding was stronger in men than women, BBC News Online reported.
Researcher Kay-Tee Khaw said both bowel cancer and diabetes may share common predisposing factors.
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