"Four sugary drinks a week raises breast cancer risk," say researchers

Published Thursday, Jul 3 2014, 19:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A glass of fruit juice with your brekkie might seem like the healthy option, but downing just four such sugary drinks a week could increase your risk of breast cancer.

Researchers have found that women who had more than four servings of fruit juice or sweetened fizzy drinks a week tended to have increased breast density, a major risk factor for breast cancer.

Orange juice in jug and glass - 3 July 2014

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But women who didn't drink them at all generally had breast density around three per cent lower, according to the research, which was carried out at Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

Experts believe women with higher breast density are more at risk of breast cancer as there are more cells to develop the disease.

Dr Caroline Diorio, who led the study at Laval University, said: "An increase of about three per cent in breast density is not negligible in terms of breast cancer risk."

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