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Diabetic Women Have Less Mammograms

Despite regular health care, women with diabetes were significantly less likely to have a mammogram (screening for breast cancer) than were women without diabetes, reports a study. Using health databases in Ontario, Canada, researchers compared mammogram rates between women who had diabetes and those without diabetes for a minimum of two years.

The study found that compared with women without diabetes, diabetic patients were older, had more physician visits, and in those 65 years or older, were less likely to be taking estrogen. Women with diabetes were found to be 32 percent less likely to have a screening mammogram during the two-year period compared to those without diabetes.

Results of the study, published in the October 10 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggest that because of the complexity involved in diabetes care, routine preventive care such as cancer screening is often neglected.

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