Breast cancer and diabetes deadly combination, finds review

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2011-01-19 18:24

Women with diabetes and breast cancer are twice as likely to die from any cause.

The findings have important implications for understanding whether high blood sugar levels affect tumor growth. Johns Hopkins researchers discovered the link that they say should be further explored to find out what factors contribute to higher rates of death for women with breast cancer and diabetes.

Study leader Kimberly S. Peairs, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine explains, “When patients are faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer, which they see as an imminent threat to their lives, diabetes care often goes on the back burner.” The findings from the scientists suggest poor blood sugar control might play a role that leads to higher risk of dying for diabetic women with breast cancer.

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