Cancer and diabetes: Often more than a chance encounter
Like familiar faces in a crowd, cancer and diabetes seem to bump into each other often. At first blush, the two diseases appear to be strangers, but scientists have found they have multiple connections and often are found together in the same patients. The results of a new study, conducted at the University of Toronto and published this summer in the American Cancer Society's Cancer magazine, conclude that patients with diabetes have an increased chance of being diagnosed with cancer just months later.
Although most research supports a link between cancer and diabetes, finding the root of that connection has proven elusive. The Toronto study offers no direct physiological connection between the two diseases, but it suggests the dual diagnosis may be explained by "increased health care visits and screening tests following a diagnosis of diabetes," says co-author Dr. Iliana Lega, in an interview with medicalxpress.com.
Cancer and diabetes are two of the most damaging and prevalent diseases in the United States, and the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 million Americans—more than 9 percent of the population—have diabetes. The CDC also estimates that 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly 14 million Americans have a history of cancer and 1.6 million new cases will be diagnosed each year.
The numbers alone suggest it's inevitable that some patients will develop both diseases. But research shows the connection is more than just happenstance. In 2010, the American Diabete Continue reading