For Men: Daily sodas increase prostate cancer risk


An apple a day can keep the doctor away, according to the old adage. {}However, just drinking a soda a day can increase a man's risk of getting prostate cancer by a whopping 40 percent. That's the finding of a study to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.{}"Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 percent," said Isabel Drake, a PhD student at Lund University. {}The study, to be published in the upcoming edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed over 8,000 men aged 45 to 73 for an average of 15 years.{}{}The cancer was discovered after the men showed symptoms of the disease, and not through the screening process known as Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA). {}The study compared those drinking 11 ounces of a soft drink a day, an ounce shy of the standard can, with people who didn't drink any sodas. {}The men in the study had to undergo regular medical examinations and kept a journal of their food and drink intake.The study also linked heavy consumption of sugary breakfast cereal, rice and pasta to a greater risk of developing a milder form of prostate cancer.{}