Important News for Breast Cancer Patients with Diabetes
If you already have diabetes and have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re probably thinking what’s next? Thoughts of upcoming doctor’s appointments and how to break the news to your family and maybe even death have most likely crossed your mind. What about your diabetes? Is it really okay to put treating your breast cancer above treating your diabetes or is it best to treat both aggressively at the same time?
Studies are in and the news for breast cancer patients with diabetes isn’t good. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, half of women who have breast cancer and diabetes are likely to succumb to this life threatening disease. Though researches have said there may be more than one reason for over 50% of these women dying, they agree that more research needs to be done.
Half of female diabetics with breast cancer dying from the disease is simply unacceptable and you may be wondering why the numbers are so high and why this is even an issue. According to one researcher, diabetics have a higher risk of getting breast cancer to begin with. Coupled with the fact that diabetes is often associated with obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the risks go up and up. Women with diabetes are usually in a state of poorer health compared to those without diabetes which may suggest one reason for higher death rates.
Researchers don’t have all of the answers yet. They are not positively sure as to why the death rate is so high, spelling disaster for these patients. A lack of answers may lead to additional research being conducted which focuses on how insulin contributes to the growth of tumors. An assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine summarized that the study hints that diabetes and breast cancer should be treated proactively at the same time. The study also brought to light the fact that some women with breast cancer and diabetes are not being treated in the same manner as non-diabetic patients to avoid the risk of diabetes related complications. Also, more often than not, women who are diabetic are diagnosed with later stage breast cancer, posing yet another threat.
If you have diabetes and have been diagnosed with breast cancer, what does this mean for you? Diabetic breast cancer patients do not have time to simply wait around for results from ongoing research. What they can do is take preventative measures. Women with diabetes should make a point to receive yearly mammograms and to discuss the higher risk of developing breast cancer with their physicians. Not only does this make for a better piece of mind, but it could save lives.
Also, women with diabetes should start taking better care themselves while they are still relatively healthy. This means monitoring their blood sugar consistently and sticking to a diabetic friendly diet. Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to getting healthy and staying healthy. Bad cholesterol levels go down as do dress sizes, both of which can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
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