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DIABETES AND BREAST CANCER

DIABETES INCREASES THE RISK OF DEATH FOR WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Women with both breast cancer and diabetes have a higher risk of death than women with breast cancer alone, a recent meta-analysis of many studies examined together undertaken by Johns Hopkins researchers has found.  William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, describes the findings.

NELSON: What they found is that among women with breast cancer and diabetes was associated with a higher mortality.  They looked at 8000 published studies in the literature, to try and get all the data together to see if there was a consistent conclusion.  Interestingly enough it was not consistently associated with a greater chance to die of breast cancer but overall mortality was increased.  Some of this was related to breast cancer though.    :26

Nelson says this relationship of diabetes and mortality in many people with cancer is one focus of current research, as is the potential for metformin, a drug used to manage diabetes, to help.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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