Women who have or develop type 2 diabetes are more likely to need cancer treatment, a new study has found.
Scientists at Tel Aviv University Medical School found that women diabetics had a 25 per cent increased risk of developing cancer of the colon or genital organs than people who are not diabetic.
It had previously been suggested by researchers that there was a link between diabetes and cancer.
This might lead women who suffer from the condition to seek a health screening more regularly.
The study, which examined nearly 17,000 diabetics over an eight-year period, also revealed that there is no link for diabetic men, who were found to be less likely to develop prostate cancer than healthy men.
According to NHS figures, diabetes affects two million people in England and Wales and about 95 per cent of all conditions are of the type 2 variety.
It is thought that there are around 750,000 people who have the condition but are unaware of it.