Cancer diagnoses up in Type 2 diabetes

Men who had been diagnosed with diabetes for 15 years or longer had a higher prevalence of colon, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, and cancer of the urinary tract, compared with those who had diabetes for less than 15 years. Among women, the association was seen for breast and skin cancer and cancer of the reproductive tract.

The authors say the higher prevalence of cancer among those with type 2 diabetes, compared with type 1 diabetes, suggests insulin resistance and unhealthy lifestyle habits may play a role in these associations.

Diabetes Care; online 8 Jan