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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Vanessa Gordon-Dseagu

Title: ‘Investigating the associations between diabetes and cancer (incidence and mortality): Does linked data from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey with Cancer Registry and mortality data support a relationship between the two diseases?’

Date & Time: Tuesday 17th May 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


In both developed and developing countries, diabetes is now being viewed as an emerging and serious public health issue. This is primarily due to a rapid increase in the incidence and prevalence of the disease, particularly type-2 diabetes which accounts for around 90% of all cases of the disease. Current increases in the rate of the disease are mainly due to increased incidence of overweight and obesity, and an ageing population. The financial cost to the NHS of both diseases is also increasing. 10% of the total NHS budget, and 9% of hospital budgets, are being spent on diabetes; in total around £9 billion a year. While the Cancer Reform Strategy stated that the NHS spent £4.35 billion a year on treating individuals with cancer, and that this amounted to over 5% of NHS spending.

There is a growing amount of evidence (epidemiological and biological) which supports a causal relationship between diabetes and cancer. The prevalence of the two diseases means that even a small increase in the risk of cancer among those with diabetes could equate to a substantial number of cases of the former.

This research explores the associations between the two diseases by utilising the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health Survey linked with Cancer Registry and mortality data.

Having worked at a number of health related charities, most recently as a Policy Manager for Cancer Research UK, Vanessa started her PhD in January 2010. Her supervisors are Dr. Jenny Mindell, Dr. Nicola Shelton, Prof. Daniel Hochhauser and Prof. Michael Marmot; Dr Richard Stevens as her external examiner. 

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