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For Men: Daily sodas increase prostate cancer risk

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An apple a day can keep the doctor away, according to the old adage.  However, just drinking a soda a day can increase a man's risk of getting prostate cancer by a whopping 40 percent. That's the finding of a study to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 

"Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 percent," said Isabel Drake, a PhD student at Lund University.  The study, to be published in the upcoming edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed over 8,000 men aged 45 to 73 for an average of 15 years.
  
The cancer was discovered after the men showed symptoms of the disease, and not through the screening process known as Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA).  The study compared those drinking 11 ounces of a soft drink a day, an ounce shy of the standard can, with people who didn't drink any sodas.  The men in the study had to undergo regular medical examinations and kept a journal of their food and drink intake.

The study also linked heavy consumption of sugary breakfast cereal, rice and pasta to a greater risk of developing a milder form of prostate cancer. 

 

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