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Cancer: Elevated insulin levels associated with cancers of colon, breast, pancreas, and endometrium
Monday, August 09, 2004 4:40 am Email this article
Type II diabetes and chronically elevated levels of insulin are associated with an increased risk of cancers of the colon, breast, pancreas, kidney, and endometrium.
High insulin levels can also cause the development of the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in premenopausal women who are genetically susceptible. This syndrome is relatively common, affecting an estimated 4 to 6 percent of premenopausal women.
This according to an excellent review of the effect of overweight and obesity on the risk of cancers, see the review paper by Calle and Kaaks (2004).
Calle E, Kaaks R. Overweight, obesity and cancer: epidemiological evidence and proposed mechanisms. Nat Rev Cancer. 2004 Aug, 4(8):579-91.
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