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Study: Drinking sugary drinks increases the risk of colon cancer in women

A study issued by the University of Washington found an association between drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer in women under the age of 50, according to the Medical Express website.

The results indicate that excessive consumption of sugary drinks during adolescence (ages 13-18) and puberty can increase the risk of diseases such as colorectal cancer, especially after the past three decades have witnessed an increase in the incidence of these diseases in younger adults.


The researchers explained that the increase in colorectal cancer at younger ages led to a decrease in the average age of diagnosis of colorectal cancer from 72 years to 66 years as these cancers are more advanced in diagnosis and have different characteristics compared to cancers of the older population.


The study focused on identifying risk factors and discovering strategies for careful screening of these cancers so that they can be detected early for prevention, as it was also found that poor diet quality was associated with an increased risk of early developing colon and rectal cancer.


The study indicated that women who consumed two or more servings of sugar-sweetened drinks were 32% more likely to develop colorectal cancer than others.


The researchers explained that eating sugar, especially in adolescence, plays a role in increasing the risk of colon and rectal cancer in adulthood before the age of fifty, as obesity and metabolic states are associated with an increased risk of early colon and rectal cancer, metabolic problems, such as insulin resistance, may play An important role in the development of this cancer in younger adults.


In light of the increasing rates of infection, the American Cancer Society recently reduced the recommended age for a first colonoscopy examination to 45 years, instead of the previously recommended age of 50 for people at risk of infection, after sugar-sweetened drinks were linked to an increased risk. Early incidence of colon and rectal cancer.


The researchers recommended avoiding sugar-sweetened drinks, and replacing them with other drinks such as milk and coffee without sweeteners.