Analysis of medical records of liver cancer patients and people without liver cancer found that diabetics are stand a three fold risk of developing liver cancer compared to the general population.
After taking other factors into account, such as demographics and major risk factors for liver disease, researchers found diabetes nearly tripled the risk of liver cancer. What's more, hepatitis C, which is a known risk factor for liver cancer, may be boosting the risk even further.
It is believed that the rise in liver cancer seen in recent years in the United States might be related to the corresponding rise in the number of people with diabetes. In the last two decades, the incidence of liver cancer has risen from 1.3 cases per 100,000 people to three cases per 100,000. Additional studies might be required to further clarify the role of diabetes in the development of liver cancer.