Female diabetics more likely to have advanced breast cancer

25 March 2015

Women who have diabetes may be more likely to get diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer, a new study has suggested.

Research from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women's College Hospital has confirmed a strong link between diabetes and later stage breast cancer at diagnosis.

Published in the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment journal, the findings are based the analysis of more than 38,000 Canadian women who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 2007 and 2012.

They suggest that female diabetics may be "predisposed to more advanced stage breast cancer, which may be a contributor to their higher cancer mortality", according to Dr Lorraine Lipscombe, a scientist at ICES and Women's College Research Institute.

Using the data, Dr Lipscombe and her team found that 15.9 per cent of the 38,000 women had both diabetes and advanced cancer. They also determined that breast cancer patients with diabetes were significantly more likely to have advanced stage breast cancer than those without diabetes. 

There were also lower rates of mammograms in women with diabetes, which could account for later stage disease.

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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