Diabetes Raises Colon Cancer Risk

doctor looking at chartPeople with diabetes — long known to be at higher risk for heart disease,
kidney failure and eye and foot trouble — now have one more thing to be
concerned about: A new study finds they are also more vulnerable to colon
cancer.

“Diabetics are 1.4 times more likely to have been told they have colon
cancer,” said Dr. Donald Garrow, a clinical instructor and a masters in clinical
research fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Garrow said other studies have found the same association, but he believes
his study is the largest cross-sectional survey to evaluate the question of
whether diabetics face a higher colorectal cancer risk.

Garrow was to present the findings Tuesday at the annual scientific meeting
of the American College of Gastroenterology, in Honolulu.