Type 2 diabetes could be a warning sign for pancreatic cancer

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Going by a recent study in the field of diabetes and health, type 2 diabetes may be an early expression of pancreatic cancer. The new study published by Oxford University Press indicated that the recent-onset diabetes was associated with a 2.3-fold greater risk of pancreatic cancer than long standing history of diabetes. With the tag of the most fatal cancers and a five-year survival rate of only 8 percent, majority pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage. Diabetes is linked to both, a risk factor for as well as a consequence of pancreatic cancer. The prevalence of diabetes among pancreatic cancer patients is unusually high as compared to other cancers. Among the patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy (surgical operation often used to remove pancreatic tumors), almost half have no diabetes postoperatively.

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