Association of sugary beverages with survival among patients with cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract.

Cancer causes cont Nov. 2016

Miles FL et al

The role of consumption of added sugars in cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) is unclear. We examined associations between sugary beverages and susceptibility to UADT cancer as well as overall survival among UADT cancer patients.

A positive association was observed with consumption of grams of sugar from beverages, including soft drinks and fruit juices, and poorer survival among UADT cancer cases. Particularly, high consumption of sugary beverages was associated with poorer survival among esophageal cancer cases.

These findings suggest that consumption of sugary beverages may decrease survival associated with UADT cancers. Additional studies should be conducted to examine survival among cancer patients consuming high amounts of added or refined sugars. Such studies may highlight prognostic factors for UADT cancers.

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