Monday, May 23, 2011

Diabetes triples the risk of liver cancer

Diabetes triples the risk of liver cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It appears that diabetes is a strong risk factor for liver cancer, raising the risk two- to three-fold, investigators report.

The study, using data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End-Results (SEER)-Medicare database, is the first population-based study in the US that takes other major risk factors for liver cancer into consideration, according to Dr. Hashem El-Serag, at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues.

Their analysis included 2161 patients aged 65 and older with confirmed liver cancer between 1994 and 1999. A comparison "control" group included 6183 randomly selected individuals, according to the team's article in the medical journal Gut.Read more...

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