According to Dr. Lorraine
Lipscombe, a scientist at the
Institute for Clinical Evaluative
Sciences and Women's College
Hospital in Toronto, Women with
diabetes may have an increased
risk of being diagnosed with
advanced breast cancer.
"Our findings suggest that
women with diabetes may be
predisposed to more advanced-
stage breast cancer, which may
be a contributor to their higher
The research which took place in Canada analyzed data
from more than 38,000 women with age range 20 to 105 who were
diagnosed with invasive breast
cancer between 2007 and 2012.
The result of the study published
March 24 in the journal Breast
Cancer Research and Treatment shows that about "16 percent of the women
had diabetes and that women with diabetes were 14
percent more likely to have stage
II breast cancer, 21 percent more
likely to have stage III breast
cancer, and 16 percent more
likely to be have stage IV breast
cancer, compared to having
stage I breast cancer, which is
the most treatable stage.
Five-year survival for breast
cancer patients with diabetes
was 15 percent lower than for
those without diabetes."
The researchers also notice that
breast cancer patients with
diabetes were more likely to have
larger tumors and cancer that
had spread, compared to those
without diabetes due to lower
mammogram rates in women
with diabetes, which could
account for later-stage disease.
It must be clearly understand that the research only found a link
and advanced breast cancer and not that diabetes will cause advance
breast cancer or any type of breast cancer.