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Sugar-sweetened beverages linked to cancer mortality risk


September 27, 2022

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Disclosures:
McCullough reports employment with American Cancer Society. Please see the study for all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.

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Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages appeared associated with increased risk for death from an obesity-related cancer, according to study results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Individuals who drank two or more servings of such beverages daily — compared with those who drank none — exhibited a 5% increased risk for mortality from malignancies such as colorectal or kidney cancers, even after adjustment for BMI.

Investigators also observed an association between artificially sweetened beverages and pancreatic risk independent of BMI.

In this video, Healio spoke with researcher Marjorie L. McCullough, ScD, RD, senior scientific director for epidemiology research with American Cancer Society, about the findings and their potential implications. McCullough also outlined questions that must be addressed in future research.

Reference:

McCullough ML, et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022;doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-22-0392.



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