Breast Cancer Patients Prone to Diabetes

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A new research found out that those women,  recently diagnosed with the disease diabetes, may also get breast cancer in the future.

This is not the first case that diabetes got linked with cancer.  However, the findings also suggest that at least part of the cause why doctors discover more breast cancer in diabetics is since they look  harder — and not necessarily because diabetes itself increases a woman’s cancer risk.

Jeffrey Johnson, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton believes that the connection that they see (between diabetes and cancer), they wondered if it is something about the fact that people with diabetes go to the doctor’s office more frequently.

Earlier studies prove that previous those diabetics have a higher risk of colorectal, liver and pancreatic cancers, along with breast cancer.

Researchers then indicated that certain behaviors might encourage both types of diseases, which includes smoking, being sedentary and not eating well, and that those would justify the connection.

Johnson thinks that the increase in insulin level has something to do with the increased risk of breast tumor.

Though those explanations could still be partly behind the rise in breast cancer researchers have noticed, extra doctor’s visits and trials appears to be contributing in some extent.

Johnson and his colleagues consulted a database, which included more, than 170,000 women in British Columbia — half with a current type 2 diabetes diagnosis and half without diabetes — and tracked them for the after four to five years. Throughout that time, around 2,400 women, or 1.4 percent, got detected with breast cancer.

Women that belong to both group has an equal chance of developing breast cancer. However, when the researchers group them according to age and concentrated on the time shortly right after the diabetes diagnosis, they found that older, post-menopausal diabetic women were slightly more prone to be acquire breast cancer than diabetes-free women.

Among those 55 and older, diabetic women that got diagnosed during the last three months were around 30 percent more possible of developing breast cancer than those without diabetes.  However, even in these women, researchers could not tell for sure that the result has something to do with a chance, as stated in the results published in Diabetes Care.

Following the three months of testing and appointment there are no difference in how often breast cancer  detected in women with or without diabetes.

Johnson added that the finding does not exclude other explanations, which include ordinary risk factors for diabetes and cancer or a hormone-driven rise in tumor growth.