Researchers Link Invokana & Cancer

Cancer and diabetes are major health problems for Americans. In fact, diabetes remains the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, and non-traumatic lower limb amputation. Then, cancer continues to be a major cause of death since around 1 of 4 deaths in the United States is from cancer. Now, researchers are linking the two – diabetes medication, Invokana and cancer.

About Invokana

Invokana was the first in a new class of drug for Type 2 diabetics. It was supposed to help people easily manage their diabetes without insulin by lowering blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body via urine. This prevents blood from reabsorbing the sugar. In March 2013, the FDA approved Invokana. However, by May 2015 they were warning that Invokana may lead to devastating side effects.

Invokana Cancer Links

Researchers systematically searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and ClinicalTrials.gov.  They collected information from randomized controlled trials that reported cancer in those with type 2 diabetes who had received treatment with Invokana for at least 24 weeks.

The study showed 580 cases of bladder or kidney cancer in a total of 34,569 patients. These patients were from 46  independent randomized controlled trials. These trials had a mean duration of 61 weeks. Then, researchers compared the results with those receiving a placebo. The results showed increased evidence linking Invokana & cancer. However, the study could not identify the exact mechanism causing the increased cancer risk.

More Studies Needed

Despite this study and a few others, researchers keep saying that more studies on Invokana & cancer need to be performed. There is not a direct causation, yet. However, there is a strong correlation between Invokana & cancer. Since this correction exists, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of kidney and bladdy cancer.

Invokana Kidney & Bladder Cancer Symptoms

Bladder cancer is the 6th most common cancer in America. Males between the ages of 65 and 85 are more likely to have this type of cancer, which has three main types: transitional cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma. The symptoms include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in the side or back
  • Pain during urination
  • Frequent urination

Then, kidney cancer is the 7th most common form of cancer, however, it affects men and women of all ages. The two most common types are renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). The symptoms of kidney cancer are:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Mass in the abdomen
  • Persistent sweating
  • Constant pain in the abdomen
  • Weight loss

Invokana Victims

If you or a loved one has been harmed by Invokana, you need an attorney with experience helping people who have been harmed by pharmaceutical drugs. The attorneys at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm know what it takes to go up against drug manufacturers to get clients what they need.

If the conduct of a drug company in manufacturing and selling drug is found to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. If you developed complications after taking Invokana, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.

You deserve compensation. It can never replace what you have lost. But, it can help you recover medical expenses, lost wages and the loss of an ability to work. The consultation is completely free, and you are under zero obligation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.

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