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3 Sugary Drinks a Week Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk


sugar-cubes-in-a-glass A new study finds that women who consume more than three sweetened fruit juices or fizzy drinks per week have increased breast density, a condition considered a major risk factor for breast cancer. The density of the breasts has such a bearing on the development of the disease that lead author Dr. Caroline Diorio calls it “one of the strongest indicators” for its likelihood. Researchers say the results merit further investigation to see if eliminating these beverages from the diet could reduce the hundreds of thousands of fatalities per year from the malignancy. Experts postulate consuming sugar may produce increased breast density by stimulating cell growth. Women with higher density have a greater risk of developing cancer because they have more glandular tissue, which involves a larger number of cells that can fall victim to the disease. The increased density also raises the likelihood their tumors will escape detection with a mammogram.

Sugary Beverages Raised Breast Density by 3 Percent

Published in BMC Public Health, the research involved a survey of 1,555 women, half of whom were past menopause. The participants were required to report how frequently they consumed a sweetened fruit juice or fizzy drink. In both groups, those who had more than three sugary beverages per week had a mean of 29.6 percent breast density while those who abstained from the beverages had a mean of 26.2 percent breast density. “An increase of about three percent in breast density is not negligible in terms of breast cancer risk,” Diorio notes.

Comparison to Tamoxifen

A comparison was made between the effects of lowering sugar consumption and the effects of the drug tamoxifen. Research shows healthy women at high risk of breast cancer who took the medication for four-and-a-half years lowered their breast density by 6.4 percent, Diorio relates. This leads to a reduction in breast cancer incidence, as tamoxifen can lower the risk of the disease by 30 to 50 percent in high-risk women, she adds. Diorio believes reducing sugar consumption may have a positive impact on several other health disorders in addition to cancer. “Daily sugar intake reduction can be part of a global public health plan to promote health in general, reduce obesity and reduce the risk of several chronic diseases including breast cancer,” she says. Source:

Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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