Older women with diabetes are more than twice as likely to develop colorectal cancer. That’s according to a Mayo Clinic study of data involving nearly 40,000 women. Kristin Anderson, a University of Minnesota cancer epidemiologist, was one of the study’s researchers.
“These women were initially surveyed in 1986 about basic health questions and lifestyle factors. And they’ve been followed ever since for cancer and other health end points. The data from this study show what we’ve seen before: They provide further evidence that diabetes is a risk factor for colorectal cancer.”