"They suggest that sugary drinks, which are widely consumed in Western countries, might represent a modifiable risk factor for cancer prevention", they said.
Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are only some of the conditions that previous studies have associated with sweetened drinks.
However, research on sugary drinks and the risk of cancer is still limited.
A study published yesterday, on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in The BMJ, a British peer-reviewed academic medical journal originally known as the British Medical Journal, of which its named was shortened back in 1988, titled "Sugary drink consumption and risk of cancer: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort" found that drinking as little as four ounces of sugary drinks per day is tied to a significantly higher incidence of coming down with any type of cancer during the outset of one's life.
"However, this study assumes a real causal relationship between the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and cancer, which requires further research", said Graham Wheeler, senior statistician at Cancer Research UK, a UK cancer research institute. While, according to the American Beverage Association, sugary drinks are safe to consume, they definitely are not safe to consume in excess.
Touvier said her team observed that sugar seemed to be the main driver of the link.
"The study found the highest quarter for sugary drink consumption had a 30% higher risk for cancer, and a 37% higher risk for breast cancer..."
What counts as a sugary drink?
Well, that's terrifying - "sugary drinks" includes 100% fruit juices.
Its director general, Gavin Partington, added: "Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet". She continued saying that America's leading beverage companies are working to reduce the sugar consumers intake from their beverages by offering more possibilities with less or zero sugar. But new research has found a link between drinking fruit juice and cancer.
"All current sweeteners in use have been through rigorous safety testing before being acceptable for human use", said Collins, who was not involved in the study.
Chazelas and team examined the links between the intake of sugary drinks and various forms of cancer in 101,257 French adults aged 42 years, on average. Participants were followed up with for up nine years.
According to the study published in the journal of BMJ, participants completed at least two 24-hour online validated dietary questionnaires, created to measure usual intake of 3,300 different food and beverage items and were followed up for a maximum of 9 years (2009-2018).
Researchers set out to assess the associations between the consumption of sugary drinks (sugar sweetened beverages and 100 per cent fruit juices), artificially sweetened (diet) beverages, and risk of overall cancer, as well as breast, prostate, and bowel (colorectal) cancers.
Avoid sugary drinks as much as possible. Chazelas and colleagues accounted for potential confounders, including age, sex, education, hereditary risk of cancer, and lifestyle factors - such as smoking behaviour and exercise patterns. Average age at cancer diagnosis was 59 years.
Of the 2,193 cancers found during the study, 693 were breast cancers, 291 were prostate cancers and 166 were colorectal cancers.
However, this study is observational and doesn't show cause and effect. But again, researchers say sugar is not the only culprit.