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Diabetes increases Colon Cancer Risk

It has long been known that people with diabetes are at a higher risk for heart disease, kidney failure, and other complications like eye and foot problems. Now, a new study finds that those with diabetes are also more prone to develop colon cancer.

The study examined more than 26,000 people for 6 years and found that 5.9 percent of the respondents had a history of diabetes. After compensating for other factors that affect risk like age, gender, alcohol consumption, smoking and physical activity level, researchers found that those with diabetes were more likely than non-diabetics to develop colon cancer.

Study investigators highlight the fact that diabetics must therefore be screened for colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk should undergo tests such as fecal occult blood test and invasive exams like sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy, and/or double barium enema for early detection and management of colon cancer.

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