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Mar 14, 2014 6:00 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Diabetes may impact a person's chances of surviving cancer

A new European study finds longtime diabetics treated with insulin are four times more likely to die within a year of being diagnosed with cancer than non-diabetics.

The risk was lower for diabetes patients who only took oral medications, but diabetics still had poorer survival rates than cancer patients without diabetes.

Researchers say this could be because diabetics are given different cancer treatments, but researchers also think diabetes may mask early symptoms of cancer, which delays diagnosis.

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