Sugar & Cancer

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January 17, 2018

Sugar & Cancer: Does One Fuel the Other?

January 14, 2018

Is there a link between sugar and cancer? Can sugar consumption increase your risk of cancer or make the cancer you have more dangerous and aggressive? The link between sugar and cancer is the topic that UT Health Northeast cancer expert Dr. William Hyman takes up in this post to HealthConnection.

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  1. Let's start with a definition. What is cancer?
  2. Recent reports indicate a possible connection between the consumption of sugar and cancer. An additional concern is the fact that there are other reports coming to light that say that the sugar industry has research from 50 years ago that suggested this possible link. How concerning is this to you and is it a surprise?
  3. Explain the connection. What is it about sugar consumption that increases the risk of cancer?
  4. Are there specific types of cancer that may have a connection to sugar consumption?
  5. Sugar comes in many forms. Are some types, such as the sugar in soft drinks or baked goods, potentially of more concern than other types?
  6. What are some examples of common foods and beverages that contain surprising amounts of sugar?
  7. Are there other foods that have links to cancer?
  8. Is it possible to live a carcinogen-free life? Are cancer-causing substances all around us in our environments?
  9. How much research do you believe needs to be done regarding sugar and cancer?
  10. What about those who have had or are currently battling cancer? Should they avoid sugar completely?

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