Soft drinks increase the risk of bowel cancer in women

Soft drinks may increase the risk of bowel cancer in women under 50, according to a new study.

Soft drinks increase the risk of bowel cancer in women
Soft drinks increase the risk of cancer

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found an alarming link between the consumption of sugary drinks and the development of colorectal cancer, also known as cancer of the intestine, colon, or rectum.

They also found that heavy consumption of sugary drinks between the ages of 13 and 18 can increase the risk of disease.

Rates have increased over the past three decades, and lead author Yin Cao has insisted that more be done to encourage people to reduce the number of sugary drinks they consume.

“Due to the increase in the number of colorectal cancers in younger people, the average age of diagnosis for this type of cancer has increased from 72 years to 66 years. These cancers are more advanced at the time of diagnosis and have different characteristics compared to cancers of older populations, ”she explained.

Women who drank two or more sugary drinks a day had just over twice the risk of developing early-stage colorectal cancer, that is, diagnosed before the age of 50 - an increase of 16 % of the risk for each 8-ounce serving per day.

And young women, aged 13 to 18, who drank at least two sugary carbonated drinks a day, saw their risk of developing colorectal cancer before age 50 increased by 32%.

"There is still a strong signal that suggests that sugar consumption, especially early in life, plays a role in increasing the risk of colorectal cancer in adulthood before age 50," said the doctor. Cao.

“Given this data, we recommend that people avoid sugary drinks and instead choose drinks like milk and coffee without sweeteners,” she added.

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