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Editor's Correspondence
May 8, 2006

Diabetes and Cancer Screening: A Win-Win Situation or a Zero Game?

Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(9):1042-1043. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.9.1042-a

In a well-conducted retrospective cohort study, Lipscombe and colleagues1 found that women with diabetes had roughly two-thirds the odds of having a mammogram as women without diabetes. The investigators were able to adjust for women's age, region of residence, income, number of visits, specialty care, and the presence of unstable chronic disease; of note, this Canadian cohort was fully insured for mammography. They conclude that diabetes care may “compete” with cancer screening.

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