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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Higher sugar intake increases the risk of pancreatic cancer


Reuters- People who drink large quantities of fizzy drinks or add sugar to coffee or tea run a higher risk of developing cancer of the pancreas, Swedish research showed on Wednesday.
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute studied the diets of almost 80,000 men and women between 1997 and 2005. A total of 131 developed pancreatic cancer, a deadly form of the disease that is difficult to treat.
"The researchers have now been able to show that the risk of developing pancreatic cancer is related to the amount of sugar in the diet," the institute said in a statement.
The group of people who said they drank fizzy or syrup-based drinks twice a day or more ran a 90 percent higher risk of getting cancer of the pancreas than those who never drank them.

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