Type 2 diabetes linked to increased risk of colorectal cancer

Patients with T2D might need to be screened earlier for bowel cancer, researchers say

People younger than 50 with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer similar in magnitude to having a family history of the disease, according to a large registry study.

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German-led researchers used Swedish data on more than 12 million people, including individuals born after 1931 and their parents. Data was available for 559,375 people with diabetes and 162,226 people with colorectal cancer

A type 2 diabetes diagnosis before age 50 was associated with a 1.9-fold increased risk of colorectal cancer before age 50

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