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Bowel cancer: Low-calorie soft drinks could reduce recurrence

Published on 07 August 2018 back to previous

Consuming artificially sweetened soft drinks such as diet colas may be linked to a significantly lower risk of cancer return or death in patients with stage 3 colorectal cancer.

It is also likely that around half the effect is due to artificially sweetened options displacing sugar-sweetened ones.

These were the conclusions of a study, which has now been published in the journal PLOS ONE, that investigated the little-understood relation between artificially sweetened soft drinks and advanced bowel cancer.

The finding "clearly shows," says co-senior study author Prof. Charles S. Fuchs, the director of the Yale Cancer Center at Yale University in New Haven, CT, that artificially sweetened drinks "help avoid cancer recurrence and death in patients who have been treated for advanced colon cancer."

Yet, he notes, there is a popular perception that these drinks "have a checkered reputation" and are thought to carry "health risks," despite an absence of documented evidence to back this up.

He and his colleagues suggest that their findings should now be confirmed by further studies.

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