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Diabetes and Cancer

People diagnosed with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of different types of cancer. The presence of cancer can complicate the treatment and management of diabetes.


Diabetes increases the risk of certain forms of cancer, so it is important for patients to make efforts to reduce the risk.

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People of African descent seem more likely to develop diabetes, and also more likely to develop cancer.


If you have diabetes and develop cancer you may need to undergo surgery to remove the cancer, or have to receive radiation therapy.


Diabetes patients can prevent cancer adopting a healthier lifestyle, including eating a balanced diet and not smoking.

What are the signs of cancer? They include changes to your body’s normal processes or unusual, unexplained symptoms. Contact your GP immediately if you experience the following symptoms:

a lump that suddenly appears on your body

unexplained bleeding

changes to your bowel habits

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