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Women with type 2 diabetes 'more likely to get breast cancer'

A new study has claimed the likelihood of women with type 2 diabetes getting breast cancer is around 30% higher than those without.

The research, carried out by scientists at the International Prevention Research Institute (i-PRI) in Lyon, looked at the results of 40 different studies - a total of 56,000 cases - to investigate the links between breast cancer and diabetes.

They found that post-menopausal women with type II diabetes were 27% more likely to develop breast cancer compared with women who do not suffer from diabetes.

The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, showed the increased risk was just in post-menopausal women. The scientists found no link between diabetes and breast cancer for pre-menopausal women, or those with type I diabetes.

According to the research, a key factor to be taken into consideration is Body Mass Index (BMI). A high BMI, or being obese, increases the chances of getting post-menopausal breast cancer by 30%.

Head information nurse at Cancer Research UK, Martin Ledwick, said: “Anyone who is concerned should consult their GP for advice and consider changes to their lifestyle, such as increasing their level of physical activity and changes to their diet, to keep the risks as low as possible.”


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  • I found the research regarding postmenopausal breast cancer interesting. I had breast cancer & was diagnosed at age 60. I survived thankfully but a few years after my cancer treatment I had a test for diabetes & was told I am borderline type II & possibly have had it for 4 to 9 years, I have always been active & try to eat healthy diet. Still having chemo pill 5 years is almost finished in 6 months.

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