Sugary Drinks ‘Cancer Risk’

Sugary Drinks ‘Cancer Risk’

Daily Mail; London (UK)

CONSUMING two cans of fizzy sugared drink a day can double your risk of developing one of the deadliest cancers, research suggests.

People who add sugar to tea or coffee are also at higher risk of pancreatic cancer, the study shows.

Swedish scientists blame a heavy intake of sweetened foods and drinks for increasing the chances of developing the disease.

Almost all the 7,000 people who fall victim to it annually in the UK
die soon after diagnosis, partly because symptoms are spotted too late.
Tumours are also hard to detect because the pancreas is buried deep
within the body.

Only two per cent of patients are alive five years after first being treated, though surgery and chemotherapy can increase survival rates.

Having at least two sugared, carbonated drinks a day was linked to a 90 per cent extra risk of pancreatic cancer compared with people who never drank them in a study reported yesterday in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition.

Dr Susanna Larsson, of the department of environmental medicine at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, said more information about the causes is vital to beat the disease-She added: ‘It is perhaps the most serious form of cancer, with very poor prognoses for its victims.

‘Since it’s difficult to treat and often discovered too late, it’s important that we learn to prevent it.’ In a 1997 dietary survey, researchers questioned almost 80,000 men and women aged 45 to 83. They were monitored until June 2005, when it was found that 131 had died of cancer of the pancreas.

The researchers found the risk of developing the disease was related to the amount of sugar in the diet.

Most at risk were those who drank fizzy or syrup-based drinks twice or more a day.

People who added sugar to food and drinks at least five times a day ran a 70 per cent extra risk compared with those who did not.

Dr Larsson said: ‘If you eat and drink more sugary food, it increases your blood sugar levels, which affects the amount of work the pancreas has to do.

It could stimulate growth of the pancreas and this could lead to cancer.’ She said smoking is one of the biggest triggers for the cancer. In the UK, a five per cent fall in pancreatic cancer cases is thought to be linked to a drop in smoking. Dr Larsson said it is possible that that fall had masked any effect from a rise in the consumption of drinks and sugary foods and drink generally in recent years.

‘The rise in the amount of soft drinks consumed could offset some of the fall we would expect because fewer people are smoking,’ she added.

‘The best advice we can offer is for people, especially children, to restrict consumption of sugary foods and drinks.’

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