Diabetes and the risk of prostate cancer

A. Tavani, S. Gallus, C. Bosetti, A. Tzonou, P. Lagiou, E. Negri, D. Trichopoulos, C. La Vecchia

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The relation between diabetes and prostate cancer risk was investigated in a combined analysis of two hospital-based case-control studies conducted in Italy and Greece, between 1985 and 1997. Cases were 608 men with incident prostate cancer, and controls were 1008 men admitted to hospital for acute non-neoplastic diseases. No material association between diabetes and prostate cancer was observed, with a multivariate odds ratio (OR) of 1.07 (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.68-1.66). Compared with men without diabetes, there was a non-significant increased risk of prostate cancer in those diagnosed with diabetes within the last 5 years (OR 2.04), while the ORs were 0.96 and 0.78 respectively for a diagnosis of diabetes 5-9 years and ≥10 years ago.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Case-control studies
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Prostatic neoplasms
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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