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Diabetes protects against prostate cancer

Published tisdag 18 juni 2013 kl 11.05

Men who have diabetes do not get prostate cancer as often as other men, a new study reveals.

Forty-four thousand men with prostate cancer were included in the study conducted by researchers at the University of Uppsala and the University Hospital in Örebro.  

"It is well known that diabetes has many negative effects on health, but our results actually show that the disease seems to have a protective effect specifically against prostate cancer," says Uppsala researcher Björn Zethelius.

The lower risk levels concerns all forms and stages of prostate cancer, but are most obvious for minor tumors.

The study has been published by the medical journal Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers and prevention.

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