MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Yu Chen PhD MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
NYU Langone School of Medicine
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response There is increasing evidence of an association between type 2 diabetes and cancer risk. However, previous studies in Asian only considered one or a few cancer types, included only a small number of patients with diabetes, or didn’t control for other important risk factors such as obesity.
We conducted pooled analyses of 19 prospective population-based cohorts included in the Asia Cohort Consortium (ACC), comprising data from over 771,000 individuals in the Asia.
Diabetes was associated with a 26% increased risk of death from any cancer in Asians.
Significant positive associations with diabetes were observed for the risk of death from cancers of the colorectum, liver, bile duct , gallbladder, pancreas, breast, endometrium, ovary, prostate, kidney, thyroid, as well as lymphoma. Diabetes was not statistically significantly associated with the risk of death from cancers of the bladder, cervix, esophagus, stomach, and lung or with leukemia.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Influence of diabetes on the risk of death from overall cancer, digestive cancers and breast cancer is largely similar in Asians and in developed Western countries
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: The findings indicate a potential need for appropriate cancer screening among individuals with diabetes, and a greater emphasis on lifestyle modifications to prevent diabetes and reduce cancer mortality, not only in Western populations, but also in Asians
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Chen Y, et al “Association between type 2 diabetes and risk of cancer mortality: a pooled analysis of over 771,000 individuals in the Asia Cohort Consortium” Diabetologia 2017; DOI:10.1007/s00125-017-4229-z.
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