Diabetes Tied to Advanced Breast Cancer

The link between breast cancer and women with diabetes could be stronger than previously thought. There could be a link between breast cancer and diabetes that is significant in women. But could  high blood sugar mean you are more susceptible to an aggressive form of breast cancer?

Breast cancer

Breast cancer is a fairly common type of cancer that develops in the tissue of the breast. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer that women experience, but it can also develop in men.

It has been shown to be linked with diabetes along with the other risk factors related to breast cancer.


The link

According to a recent study, women with diabetes are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those without. In addition, this form of breast cancer is more advanced and harder to treat.

The study was based on data from over 6,200 women that have been diagnosed with breast cancer from 2002 to 2014. Of those women with breast cancer, 1,567 of them have type 2 diabetes.
Researchers found that women with diabetes are 28 percent more likely to receive an aggressive breast cancer diagnosis than those without. The use of insulin has not shown any influence on breast cancer and the symptoms. This information is important for those who currently use insulin and how it could potentially affect the risk of breast cancer.

The study

Previous research has reported a link between insulin use and cancer risk levels in women with type 2 diabetes. However, there have been contradictory results from different studies on the matter.

Roughly half of the women from the study use insulin treatment and have done so for over 3 years. The study did not find any connections between insulin and the duration of use.
Some researchers found the results of this study to be surprising after prior studies reported that insulin could trigger tumor growth.
The potential connection between diabetes and a more aggressive breast cancer is understudied as of now. However, the studies so far do show that women with diabetes have a higher risk of  cancer and a more advanced form of breast cancer at that.