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Lower Breast Cancer Screening Rate Among Diabetics

Breast cancer screeningIt turns out that women with diabetes are 14% less likely to get a mammogram, compared to women without diabetes.

Why?

According to researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women’s College Hospital, managing a chronic disease like diabetes is hard enough, which led diabetic women to neglect important preventative actions, like breast cancer screening.

Here are more details on the study, published in the journal Diabetic Medicine: It looked at women between 50 and 59 years of age from 1999 to 2010. The team also found that low socioeconomic status is another challenge that prevented diabetic women from getting screened.

Breast cancer screening is important. Early detection of breast cancer can help identify cancers before symptoms are present. And there’s a higher chance of surviving the cancer if it’s detected in early stages.

It’s especially important for diabetics to be screened since they’re at greater risk for certain cancers, including breast cancer.

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