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August 5, 2005

Study Suggests Diabetes Raises Pancreatic Cancer Rsk

Topics: Health Issues

Pancreatic cancer kills virtually all of the 32,000 people who are diagnosed with the disease in the United States, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer death. This is in part because it shows few symptoms before it becomes advanced.

Reported by Reuters International, Dr/ Suresh Chari and colleagues, writing in the Journal Of Gastroenterology, said they studied 2,122 patients from Rochester, Minnesota, aged 50 and older who were diagnosed with diabetes between 1950 and 1995.

Middle-aged and older Americans who are newly diagnosed with diabetes also appear to have a higher risk of deadly pancreatic cancer, according to a study published on Tuesday, and for three years after their diagnosis with diabetes, patients have eight times the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

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Posted by Hyscience at August 5, 2005 2:31 PM

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