Posted by admin | Posted in Cancer, Disease, Health Info | Posted on 07-04-2013
The postmenopausal survivors of breast cancer have a higher risk of developing diabetes and should be examined more carefully in order to detect the disease, suggest a new study.
The researchers analyzed medical data from the years 1996-2008 in the province of Ontario, Canada, to determine the incidence of diabetes among the nearly 25,000 breast cancer survivors 55 years of age or older and nearly 125,000 women in the same average age without breast cancer.
During a median follow-up of more than five years, nearly 10 percent of all women in the study had developed diabetes. Compared with those who had not had breast cancer, diabetes risk among breast cancer survivors was 7 percent higher than two years after the diagnosis of cancer and a 21 percent higher 10 years after cancer diagnosis, the researchers found.
The risk of diabetes, however, decreased over time among breast cancer survivors who had undergone chemotherapy. Your risk compared to women without breast cancer was 24 percent higher in the first two years after diagnosis of cancer and 8 percent 10 years after diagnosis of cancer, according to the study.
May chemotherapy treatment may contribute to the early development of diabetes in susceptible women. An increase in the rate of weight gain can be observed after receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer, which may be a factor in increasing the diabetes risk in women receiving treatment.