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Breast cancer

27 January 2011

Breast cancer and diabetes a bad combination

Having both breast cancer and diabetes greatly increases the chances of dying, new research shows.

 Having both breast cancer and diabetes greatly increases the chances of dying, new research shows.

But much remains unknown, the study authors said, noting that it was premature to conclude that diabetes prevention or improved blood glucose control would lead to a better prognosis. The data didn't look at the specific causes of death, nor does the research establish whether having diabetes actually caused more breast cancer deaths.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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