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Type 2 diabetes may be an indication of pancreatic cancer

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SAN FRANCISCO — People who develop Type 2 diabetes after 60 are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, according to a study by US researchers.

The new study by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on Sunday.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most fatal cancers, with a five-year survival rate of only 8 percent because majority pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage.

The researchers studied the data of about 49,000 African-Americans and Latinos, two ethnic groups with a high rate of diabetes, and concluded that people diagnosed with diabetes between the ages of 65 and 85 were more likely to develop pancreatic cancer within three years as compared with people without diabetes.

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According to the study, latinos were fourfold more likely to develop pancreatic cancer within three years of a diabetes diagnosis, and African-Americans three times more likely.

“Because most people with pancreatic cancer are diagnosed at a late stage, the five-year survival rate is low — about 8 percent. Identifying people who are at high risk early on could potentially save their lives,” said V Wendy Setiawan, associate professor of preventive medicine at Keck and lead author of the research.

The diagnosis of late-onset diabetes may offer an opportunity to screen high-risk groups with new tools such as liquid biopsy, a test that looks for cancer cells or DNA from cancer cells in the blood, Setiawan said.

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Lifestyle increasing cancer

Pratigya Waiju

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KATHMANDU—Smoking, chewing tobacco, poor diet and lack of exercise are the leading risk factor for increasing cancer cases.

Nepal’s two biggest cancer centers, BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital (BPKMCH) in Bharatpur, Chitwan and Bhaktapur cancer Hospital (BCH) in Kathmandu Valley, recorded a total of 19,433 new cases in 2017.

BPKMCH, which started with 100 beds in 2000, recently added 34 new beds, bringing the total number of beds to 228; following a rise in the number of cancer patients.

Lung cancer is the most prevalent cancer among Nepalis, followed by cervix and uteri, breast, stomach, gallbladder, ovary, oesophagus, urinary bladder and thyroid.

Among men, smoking and drinking from early age and chewing tobacco and betel nuts are attributed as the major contributors of Ear, Nose and throat (ENT) cancer.

Both indoor and outdoor pollution are also significant factors affecting people who work in those conditions the most.

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