Colorectal Cancer More Common In Older Female Type 2 Diabetics
Posted May 03 2010 2:28am
A Mayo Clinic study suggests older women with diabetes may be at more than two times the risk of colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer remains the third-leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. Diabetes has been identified as a colon cancer risk factor, but the mechanisms aren’t completely understood. For this population-based cohort study, researchers examined data from 37,695 participants of the Iowa Women’s Health Study (IWHS), which enrolled women ages 55–69 in 1986 and remains ongoing. Of these women, 2,361 reported a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and 1,200 developed colorectal cancer.