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Probability of pancreatic cancer following diabetes

The guys at the Mayo Clinic performed an interesting retrospective study about new-onset diabetes as a marker of underlying pancreatic cancer. They found that approxymately 1% of diabetes subjects aged > or =50 years will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within 3 years of first meeting criteria for diabetes.

Especially in patients with a positive family history for pancreatic carcinoma and new-onset of DM, a follow up may be a good idea.