Intensive glucose control and risk of cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes

G. Stefansdottir, S. Zoungas, J. Chalmers, A. P. Kengne, M. J. Knol, H. G.M. Leufkens, A. Patel, M. Woodward, D. E. Grobbee, M. L. De Bruin

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Aims/hypothesis: Type 2 diabetes has been associated with an increased risk of cancer. This study examines the effect of more vs less intensive glucose control on the risk of cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes. Methods: All 11,140 participants from the Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease: Preterax and Diamicron-MR Controlled Evaluation (ADVANCE) trial ( NCT00145925) were studied. Cancer incidence and cancer mortality was compared in groups randomised to intensive or standard glucose control. Information on events during follow-up was obtained from serious adverse event reports and death certificates. HRs (95% CI) were calculated for all cancers, all solid cancers, cancer deaths and site-specific cancers. Results: After a median follow-up of 5 years, 363 and 337 cancer events were reported in the intensive and standard control groups, respectively (incidence 1.39/100 person-years [PY] and 1.28/100 PY; HR 1.08 [95% CI 0.93-1.26]). The incidences of all solid cancers and cancer deaths were 1.25/100 PY and 0.15/100 PY in the intensive group and 1.15/100 PY and 0.13/100 PY in the standard group (HR 1.09 [95% CI 0.93-1.27] for solid cancers, and 1.17 [0.75-1.84] for cancer death). Across all the major organ systems studied, no significant differences in the cancer incidences were observed in the intensive and standard control groups. Conclusions/interpretations: More intensive glucose control achieved with a regimen that included greater use of gliclazide, insulin, metformin and other agents, did not affect the risk of cancer events or death in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1608-1614
Number of pages7
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Glucose control
  • Incidence
  • Type 2 diabetes


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