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Diabetes

Question
Posted by: | 2020/02/09

Q.

Afraid of taking medication that can cause cancer

I am scared to take t2d meds because I am afraid of developing pancreatic cancer I cannot take metformin or glumetza because of severe gastric problems- was prescribed tragenta, januvia and jardiance- but got abdominal pain and fearful again about cancer- mother died of pancreatic cancer

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2020/02/24

Hi

Patients with type 2 diabetes are all at higher risk of pancreatic cancer, but to date all the medications have not shown an  additional risk of cancer, and therefore if that is your reason for not taking the medication, then I would not be concerned. Your alternative if you have had side effects on the medication, is to aggressively manage your lifestyle changes, or take insulin
 

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