A new study suggest that postmenopausal women who survive breast cancer are at increased risk for developing diabetes. The study recommends that women who have had breast cancer should be screened for the disease more closely.
These findings come from results published in the journal Diabetologia, according to PharmPro.
For the research, Trip notes, scientists examined data collected between 1996 to 2008 to determine the incidence of diabetes among nearly 25 000 survivors of breast cancer. The people analyzed were women aged 55 or older and were from the province of Ontario, Canada. This group was compared with 125 000 age-matched women who had never had the disease.
The research was undertaken by the Women's College Hospital and Women's College Research Institute in Toronto.
The results, according to India Times, showed that almost 10 percent of all the women developed diabetes. However, compared to those who had not had breast cancer, the risk of diabetes among survivors of breast cancer was 7% higher two years after cancer diagnosis and 21% higher 10 years after cancer diagnosis.
However, the risk of diabetes decreased over time among survivors of breast cancer who had undergone chemotherapy and was 24% higher in the first two years after cancer diagnosis and 8% higher 10 years after cancer diagnosis, comparable to women without breast cancer
The inference of the study was that there is evidence of an association between diabetes and cancer, which may be due to risk factors common to both conditions.