Liver cancer problem blamed on diabetes

Mysanantonio.com: By Don Finley, Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Trying to make sense of the large and growing problem of liver cancer among South Texas Hispanics, a local group of researchers believes that diabetes might be largely to blame.

In a paper presented Tuesday at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Chicago, the researchers say a 22 percent rise in liver cancer rates among South Texas Hispanics over a 10-year period paralleled a similar rise in diabetes.

“We know there are a number of risk factors that impact liver cancer, but none of them were going up with the same kind of trend that we’re seeing for diabetes,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

San Antonio’s high rates of liver cancer have generated both concern and controversy — especially in neighborhoods surrounding the former Kelly AFB, where some residents believe pollution from the shuttered base is to blame. Read More