Sodas Linked to Pancreatic Cancer | Kathleen Doheny | 02/08/10

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Study Says 2 Sodas Per Week Raises Pancreatic Cancer Risk; Beverage Industry Says (surprise suprise) Study Is Flawed

Drinking as little as two soft drinks a week appears to nearly double the risk of getting pancreatic cancer, according to a new study.

''People who drank two or more soft drinks a week had an 87% increased risk -- or nearly twice the risk -- of pancreatic cancer compared to individuals consuming no soft drinks," says study lead author Noel T. Mueller, MPH, a research associate at the Cancer Control Program at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. The study is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers& Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

The beverage industry took strong exception to the study, calling it flawed and pointing to other research that has found no association between soda consumption and pancreatic cancer.

Cancer of the pancreas was diagnosed in about 42,000 people in the U.S. in 2009, according to American Cancer Society estimates, and about 35,240 deaths from the disease were expected. The pancreas lies behind the stomach. It makes hormones such as insulin to balance sugar in the blood and produces juices with enzymes to help break down fats and protein in foods.

Sodas and Pancreatic Cancer Risk: Study Details

Previous studies have produced mixed conclusions about whether consumption of soft drinks boosts the risk of pancreatic cancer.

So Mueller and his colleagues evaluated 60,524 men and women enrolled in the Singapore Chinese Health Study, begun in 1993, for up to 14 years, looking at their diet and whether they got cancer.

They asked all participants about food intake, including sodas and juices.  Mueller says the researchers didn't ask specifically about diet soda consumption, but that most of the soda drunk was regular or sweetened.

In Singapore at that time, Mueller says, there was very little intake of diet soda.

"We followed the participants for 14 plus years, keeping track of different cancers," he tells WebMD.

They found 140 cases of pancreatic cancer and looked back to see if there was an association with sodas or juices.

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This article has truly scared me straight off of soda. I've quite one week ago tomorrow and trying to get my husband to as well.


I've read many articles on soda, and even written some.

Though soda is easily looked at as "normal" in our culture, because of it's common use, it's anything but normal to the body which has to respond very quickly to all that sugar and acidity that is being released at faster rates than foods would release.

Cancer itself propagates more easily in an acidic environment, and the health and pH level of inner terrain we carry around inside our skin is something we have impact on.

Many years ago I drank Mountain Dew before I knew better. Do your body a huge favor, and do whatever it takes to get off soda. Though not easily found at stores, there are healthy alternatives, and if you want to make a real change, consider the info here-


Tim, I agree with you completely. I've always loved Perrier and selzter so I stick to that now. Also worth mentioning in the ONE week that I stopped drinking soda, my fasting blood sugar went from 132 to 86! I have changed nothing else in my diet but this. 86 is normal where as 132 is very high.


I thought I was being a good girl by only having 5 cans of pop a week. Wrong! I haven't had in pop since I read the article!


damn, what can I enjoy now? I rarely drink any alcohol. Never smoked. Don't use drugs. I'm vegan...indulging in soda will give me cancer??
I'm sorry, I eat a diet consisting of plant based whole foods..I think I can have a few sodas each week :-)
Were these studies done with people eating white rice and pasta? I want to know more


really interesting the Rmark am wishing you a lot of luck thats what i call a straight eating lifestyle. i thought i was bad but you made me look like a sissy. loool

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I've been cutting about 1/4-1/2 cup of orange juice into seltzer and then adding lemon and lime. It's not the same but I'm getting used to it and I'm ok with no soda.

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