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New Diabetes Could Indicate Pancreatic Cancer

New Diabetes Could Indicate Pancreatic Cancer

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By    |   Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:42 PM

People with new onset diabetes or diabetics whose condition worsen should be checked for pancreatic cancer, a research team says.

This year, an estimated 53,070 adults (27,670 men and 25,400 women) in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, statistics say.

Although pancreatic cancer is relatively rare, it is very deadly with a five-year survival rate of just seven percent.

This is because the disease causes no early symptoms so by the time it is diagnosed it has usually spread to other organs and become incurable.

But this new study by French researchers finds that new diabetes, or the rapid deterioration in diabetics could be a tip-off to early pancreatic cancer.

Researchers from the International Prevention Research Institute in France used prescription data to identify 368,377 patients with type 2 diabetes occurring in Belgium between 2008 and 2013 and 456,311 in Lombardy, Italy between 2008 and 2012.

They linked the data were to pancreatic cancer cases in the Belgian Cancer Registry and the hospital discharge databases in Lombardy.

There were 885 and 1,872 cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed during this time in Belgium and Lombardy respectively.

Their data shows that 50 percent all pancreatic cancers cases in the two regions were diagnosed within one year of patients being diagnosed with diabetes and being given their first prescription to control it.

Patients who already had diabetes, but were controlling it with medication, were three-and-a half times more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the first three months of deteriorating to the point that they needed to be put on insulin or incretins, which are metabolic hormones that stimulate the pancreas to produce it.

While it is known that pancreatic cancer causes diabetes, this finding could pinpoint a way to diagnose the potentially deadly disease before it causes symptoms and is more likely to be curable, the researchers say.

"Doctors and their diabetic patients should be aware that the onset of diabetes or rapidly deteriorating diabetes could be the first sign of hidden pancreatic cancer, and steps should be taken to investigate it,” they added.

The research was presented Monday at the European Cancer Congress 2017 in Amsterdam.

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