It’s great to know that more people than ever before are beating cancer and that we’re now more educated than ever about the positive diet and lifestyle choices which can reduce the risk of it developing in the first place.
Now, we don’t want to sound the alarm, but if you suffer from high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes then one new piece of information needs to prompt you to take action soon.
Researchers studied data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program and from Medicare. They looked at 36,079 patients aged 66 or over with colon cancer. 7,024 of them also suffered with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
The important finding here is that people with these conditions were more likely to die sooner than those without them. Five years after diagnosis, six percent fewer of them had survived compared to people without the conditions.
Also, eight percent more high blood pressure and diabetes sufferers had more episodes of colon cancer five years after diagnosis, than people without the conditions.
Race, gender, marital status, income, and education were all taken into account.
Everyone in the study was undergoing cancer treatments like chemotherapy, so it could be inferred that cancer treatment is more effective for people without diabetes and high blood pressure than for those with them.
Colon cancer is number three on the list of the most common cancers in the US, and number two on the list of causes of cancer-related deaths. Around 100,000 new cases appear each year resulting in 50,000 deaths.
What the research shows is that the numbers would be a lot lower if blood pressure and blood glucose levels were brought under control.