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Menopause, Diabetes May Put Women at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer


Type 2 diabetes in post-menopausal women may increase breast cancer risk.Type 2 diabetes in post-menopausal women may increase chances of breast cancer.

According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer, women who have gone through menopause who also have Type 2 diabetes may have a 27% higher chance of getting breast cancer than other women.

The results stem from over 40 different studies by the International Prevention Research Institute (i-PRI), in Lyon, France. The study covered over 50,000 breast cancer patients from four different continents.

Weight May Be a Factor in Breast Cancer-Diabetes Link

The researchers believe that there is a link between obesity and breast cancer, especially since being overweight is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.

Obesity alone is also a risk factor for breast cancer.

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“We don’t yet know the mechanisms behind why type II diabetes might increase the risk of breast cancer. On the one hand, it’s thought that being overweight, often associated with type II diabetes, and the effect this has on hormone activity may be partly responsible for the processes that lead to cancer growth. But it’s also impossible to rule out that some factors related to diabetes may be involved in the process,” Professor Peter Boyle, president of i-PRI and lead author of the study told Counsel & Heal.

There was no evidence to support a link in pre-menopausal women, or those with type 1 diabetes.

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  1. debby rechard

    September 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Age is the leading cause of menopause. It’s the end of a woman’s potential childbearing years, brought on by the ovaries gradually slowing down their function. Certain surgeries and medical treatment can induce menopause. Those include surgical removal of the ovaries (bilateral oopharectomy), chemotherapy, and pelvic radiation therapy. Having a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) without removing the ovaries does not lead to menopause, although you will not have periods anymore.

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