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Diabetes Care. 2011 Jun;34(6):1365-8. doi: 10.2337/dc11-0020. Epub 2011 Apr 19.

Association between diagnosed diabetes and self-reported cancer among U.S. adults: findings from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

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  • 1Division of Behavioral Surveillance, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. cli@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the association between diagnosed diabetes and self-reported cancer among U.S. adults.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS:

We analyzed data for 397,783 adults who participated in the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and had valid data on diabetes and cancer.

RESULTS:

After adjustment for potential confounders, diabetic men had higher adjusted prevalence ratios for cancers of the prostate (1.1 [95% CI 1.0-1.3]), colon (1.3 [1.0-1.7]), pancreas (4.6 [1.8-11.7]), rectum (2.2 [1.0-4.7]), urinary bladder (1.7 [1.2-2.2]), and kidney (1.9 [1.2-3.0]) than nondiabetic men (all P < 0.05). Diabetic women had higher adjusted prevalence ratios for cancers of the breast (1.1 [1.0-1.3]) and endometrium (1.6 [1.2-2.0]), and leukemia (2.3 [1.3-4.2]) than nondiabetic women (all P < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results suggest that diabetic adults have higher prevalences of certain cancers than nondiabetic adults.

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