25 July 2014
People suffering from diabetes mellitus (DM) are at an increased risk of head and neck cancer, new evidence from Taiwan's Tainan University of Technology suggests.
Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer, accounting for around six per cent of all cases, with an estimated 650,000 new diagnoses worldwide each year.
Although certain cancers are more common in people with DM, the risk of head and neck cancer in patients with DM had not been well explored, until the new Taiwan study, which used the country's Longitudinal Health Insurance Research Database as its basis.
The report authors found that the incidence of head and neck cancer was 1.47 times higher in patients newly diagnosed with DM, with cancer in the oral cavity having the highest incidence rate, at 0.41 per cent.
Lead study author Dr Kuo-Shu Tseng commented: "Because we adequately controlled for the confounding factors, our findings disclose a higher incidence of HNC in patients with DM and highlight the importance of monitoring patients with DM for HNC."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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