Double Trouble: These Diseases Could Raise Your Risk for Cancer
By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer
Chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are serious health concerns by themselves, but to make matters worse, they may also raise a person's risk of cancer, a new study from Taiwan finds.
The researchers found that several common chronic diseases, such as lung disease and diabetes, or markers for those diseases, such as high cholesterol levels as a marker for heart disease, were each
linked with an increased risk of developing cancer or dying from cancer.
What's more, the study estimated that together, these chronic diseases and markers accounted for about 20 percent of new cancer cases, and 39 percent of cancer deaths, among the study participants.
That's about as much as five lifestyle factors combined — smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise — contribute to cancer development and death. READ MORE
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