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New evidence suggests links between Diabetes and Lymphoma

There has been new evidence published that suggests that there more cases of blood cancers labelled non-Hodgkins lymphoma or NHL, present among people who have diabetes than without.
Dr. Pittas and his colleagues have reported in the Medical Journal Diabetes Care that “Although the relative risk is moderate, given the rapidly increasing incidence and prevalence of diabetes, the number of incident cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma attributed to diabetes can potentially be very high.”
Dr. Pittas and his team at the University School of Medicine in Bosto, have found evidence in 16 previous studies of an association between diabetes and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The data from the research demonstrated that the likelihood of developing NHL was 19 percent higher for people with diabetes than for comparison groups without diabetes.
The scientists and doctors highlight the fact that the incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has significantly increased since 1950. They reportedly argued that the immune changes associated with diabetes “may, at least in part, account for the increased risk of NHL that was found in this study.”

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