Health Desk—3rd Dec’17: A team of researchers have found that cancers related to metabolic diseases, especially diabetes and obesity, have an increasingly high incidence.
As per the team's data, 5.6 per cent of all cancer cases throughout the world in 2012 were linked to pre-existing diabetes and a high body mass index (BMI), which is defined as over 25 kilograms per square meter.
According to a report of Times of India citing ANI, of this total, 3.9 per cent of cases were attributable to diabetes - almost twice as many cases as were related to a high BMI.
Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, lead author of the study, said, "While obesity has been associated with cancer for some time, the link between diabetes and cancer has only been established quite recently. Our study shows that diabetes - either on its own or combined with being overweight - is responsible for hundreds of thousands of cancer cases each year across the world."
A surge in both conditions over the last four decades has made the tally significantly worse, the study showed.
The global increase in diabetes between 1980 and 2002 accounted for a quarter of the 800,000 cases, while the obesity epidemic over the same period resulted in an additional 30 per cent of cases.
The study was published in journal The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.