June 12, 2018 – Risk of Diabetes May Increase After Cancer Diagnosis

Diabetes is the main cause of cancer-unrelated mortality among cancer survivors. Numerous studies have suggested that diabetes increases risk for developing cancer. A recent South Korean study found that having cancer itself also increases risk for developing diabetes. Researchers followed 494,189 patients between ages 20 and 70 without diabetes and cancer for a median of seven years. A follow-up revealed that 15,130 people developed cancer and 26,610 developed diabetes over time. Based on the results, it can be said that at any given time, 1.35X as many stomach cancer patients will develop diabetes compared to people without cancer. In general, cancer patients develop other clinical problems more frequently than non-cancer patients. Thus, routine diabetes screening should be conducted among stomach cancer patients.
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