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Association between pancreatic cancer and metformin use in patients with type 2 diabetes
  1. Shih-Wei Lai1,2,
  2. Chia-Hsun Tsai3,
  3. Cheng-Li Lin1,4,
  4. Kuan-Fu Liao3,5
  1. 1 College of Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung city, Taiwan
  2. 2 Department of Family Medicine, China MedicalUniversity Hospital, Taichung city, Taiwan
  3. 3 Division of Hepatogastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, Taichung city, Taiwan
  4. 4 Management Office for Health Data, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung city, Taiwan
  5. 5 College of Medicine, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kuan-Fu Liao, Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, Taichung City 427, Taiwan; kuanfuliaog{at}gmail.com

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One cohort study revealed that patients with type 2 diabetes with metformin use had a lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer (HR 0.49, 95% CI 0.25 to 0.96).1 One meta-analysis revealed that patients with type 2 diabetes with metformin use had a lower mortality of pancreatic cancer (risk ratio 0.84, 95% CI 0.73 to 0.96) .2 However, one cohort study revealed no significant association between metformin use and pancreatic cancer (HR 0.85, 95% CI 0.39 to 1.89).3 Another cohort study revealed no significant association between metformin use and survival of pancreatic cancer (HR 0.86, 95% CI 0.66 to 1.11).4 Conflicting findings exist on this issue. In order to clarify these debates, a population-based case–control study was designed to analyse the database of …

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  • Contributors S-WL and C-HT initiated the draft of the article, revised the article and contributed equally to the article. C-LL and K-FL conducted the data analysis.

  • Funding This study was supported in part by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan (MOHW108-TDU-B-212-133004) and China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan (DMR-107-192).

  • Disclaimer The funding agencies did not influence the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval This study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of China Medical University and Hospital in Taiwan (CMUH-104-REC2-115).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement Insurance reimbursement claims data used in this study were available for public access. Patient identification numbers were scrambled to ensure confidentiality.

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