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For Immediate Release: July 25, 2012
Contact: Mya Nelson, m.nelson@aicr.org, 202-328-7744 x3047

Media Availability: Cancer Expert Coming to Indianapolis to Speak on Cancer-Diabetes Link

Will Share Strategies that Help People with Type 2 Diabetes Lower their Cancer Risk

Washington, D.C. – The estimated 100 million Americans at risk for or with diabetes are also at increased risk of several types of cancer, yet new research suggests there are basic strategies these people can adopt to reduce their risk. An expert from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is visiting Indianapolis this week to share these strategies at a national diabetes educators meeting.

Karen Collins, MS, RD, Nutrition Advisor for AICR, is presenting the diabetes-cancer findings on Wednesday, August 1, at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting.

“There’s a clear link between type 2 diabetes and cancer risk and that makes the message of lifestyle change for patients and health professionals much more important,” says Collins.

People with type 2 diabetes are approximately twice as likely to get cancers of the liver, pancreas and endometrium. Risk of two of the most common cancers, post-menopausal breast cancer and colorectal cancer, is modestly increased with type 2 diabetes.

Collins will present the findings for the diabetes link to cancer risk, based on the 2010 AICR report, InDepth: The Diabetes-Cancer Connection (pdf) and a national consensus statement.

For years, diabetes has been a well-known risk factor for heart disease. Now, the evidence pointing to an increased cancer risk heightens the importance of emphasizing a healthy lifestyle pattern to patients.

At her presentation, Collins will highlight emerging evidence on lifestyle recommendations. A person with diabetes wanting to reduce her risk for heart disease and cancer will follow the same basic strategies – a healthy diet, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight – but there are differences. For example, alcohol increases cancer risk, but moderate amounts may boost heart health.

According to Collins, “There’s special urgency for lifestyle change among people with pre-diabetes as well as diabetes patients. Making changes early on is important.”

Collins will present At the Crossroads: Diabetes and Cancer on Wednesday, August 1 at 1:30.

Collins is available for phone interviews and for in-person interviews from August 1 – August 3. Email or call contact information above to arrange a time.

 

 

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The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $95 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, www.aicr.org. AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.

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