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Common chronic diseases overlooked as cancer risk

Cancer risks from several common chronic diseases are as important as those from five major lifestyle factors combined, including smoking and obesity, a study shows

Several common chronic diseases account for more than a fifth of new cancer cases and more than a third of cancer deaths, according to a study.

The findings show that the cancer risks from common chronic diseases are as important as those from five major lifestyle factors combined, including smoking and obesity.

Researchers based in the US and Taiwan investigated the combined effect of eight common chronic diseases on cancer risk.

The large prospective cohort study involved 405,878 men and women in Taiwan with no history of cancer who completed a questionnaire on their medical history and lifestyle and underwent a series of medical tests between 1996 and 2007.

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Cardiovascular disease markers, diabetes, chronic kidney disease markers, pulmonary disease and gouty arthritis markers were individually associated with risk of developing cancer or cancer death.

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