A POPULAR drink “doubles” the risk of colon cancer in adults who drink more than two a day, a study has found.
It’s the second-deadliest form of the disease in Britain – and those who swallow certain drinks could put themselves at risk of developing the disease.
Colon cancer, which kills 16,000 Britons every year, starts in the colon and usually develops from pre-cancerous growths called polyps.
Not all become cancerous, but if your doctor finds any, they will tend to remove them to prevent cancer.
But if caught early, it can be cured — and living a healthy lifestyle can make a world of difference in your chances of getting it.
Research published in the journal Gut found a link between sugar-sweetened beverages and the deadly disease.
It turns out that adults, especially women, who eat two or more meals a day to quench their thirst “double” their risk of colon cancer before age 50.
Soft drinks, fruit-flavored beverages, and sports and energy drinks all pose a significant threat, according to the study.
But what have other studies said about reducing the risk of colon cancer?
In November 2022, experts revealed that a healthy vegetarian diet could cut your risk of colon cancer by a fifth – but only if you’re a man.
Around 43,000 Britons contract the disease each year, making it one of the most common types of tumours.
Half of the cases could be avoided with better health, experts say, with swapping meat for vegetables and grains an easy win.
Scientists at Kyung Hee University in South Korea found that men who ate the most fruit and vegetables were 22 percent less likely to get colon cancer than men who ate the least.
Cancer Research UK estimates that 54 per cent of colorectal cancer cases – 23,000 a year – could be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Another study published in 2020 found that foods high in folate, magnesium and dairy could all help stave off the second deadliest cancer.
The researchers combed through data and assessments of the cancer, as well as clinical and observational studies that assessed the effects of diet and medical factors on the development of colorectal cancer.
Medical factors included: aspirin; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as paracetamol; and statins.
Looking at the nutritional factors and this includes vitamins or supplements (magnesium, calcium, folic acid, vitamins A, B, C, E, D, β-carotene and selenium); Coffee; Tea; fish and omega-3 fatty acids; Dairy products; fiber; Fruit and vegetables; Meat; and alcohol.
In 2018, experts found that everyday medications like supplements and aspirin might help protect against colon cancer.
“The seAFOod study shows that both aspirin and EPA have preventive effects, which is particularly exciting as they are relatively cheap and safe compounds to administer to patients,” said the study’s lead author, Prof Mark Hull , from the University of Leeds.
“Given this new evidence, clinicians need to consider these agents for patients at increased risk of colorectal cancer, alongside regular colonoscopy monitoring.”