A new study has confirmed the link between diabetes and cancer as scientists also warned that the risk of cancer is sex- specific in people with diabetes.
According to medicalnewstoday.com , the study suggests that a diagnosis of diabetes places a person at an increased risk of various types of cancer.
According to the researchers, data collected by 47 studies from across the globe, including the United States, United Kingdom, China, Australia and Japan, confirms that diabetes heightens the risk for cancer.
The scientists noted that women with diabetes were especially affected as they appeared to be more exposed than men to the development of malign tumors.
The findings of this global study, which assessed the health-related data of almost 20 million people, were discussed in a paper published in the journal, Diabetologia.
The study was conducted by researchers, led by Dr. Toshiaki Ohkuma, from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Ohkuma’s colleagues were from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Ohkuma and his colleagues discovered not only that diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, put people at risk of developing specific types of cancer, but also that this risk was much higher for women than it was for men.
According to the study, women with diabetes are 27 per cent likely to develop cancer, compared with healthy women. By contrast, men with diabetes are 19 per cent more likely to develop cancer than healthy men.
The study also noted that women with diabetes were six per cent likely to develop a type of cancer than men with the same diagnosis.
The scientists went further by stating that men with a diagnosis of diabetes, in contrast to women with this condition, had an 11 per cent higher risk of developing kidney cancer, a 13 per cent higher risk for oral cancer, and a 14 per cent higher chance of developing stomach cancer, as well as a 15 per cent higher chance of being diagnosed with leukemia.