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New study claims link between Type 2 diabetes and cancer

New research claims that women with Type 2 diabetes have up to a 25 per cent higher risk of developing cancer than women without diabetes, but men with the condition appear to be at no greater risk.

The study, from Tel Aviv University Medical School, monitored 17,000 people with Type 2 diabetes. It also found that men with the condition were less likely than men without it to develop prostate cancer. This meant there was no rise in their overall cancer risk.

Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research, said: "As the authors themselves have noted, there are several limitations to this type of analysis, including the potential for inaccurate coding and the limited clinical information that can be obtained from electronic records. It also has a limited statistical power to detect a small increase in risk of rare cancers.  Taken together, this means that we must view this research with some caution - and women with diabetes should certainly not take this as indicative of them having a higher risk of developing cancer."

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