SSBs and EO-CRC (Sugar-sweetened beverages and early-onset colorectal cancer)

What is already known on this subject?

Incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer (EO-CRC, diagnosed under age 50 years) has been on the rise in many high-income countries over the past two decades.

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can exert adverse metabolic repercussions throughout the life course, including childhood and adulthood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Despite the highest level of SSB consumption being characterised among adolescents and young adults, the association between SSBs and EO-CRC has not been investigated.

What are the new findings?

Compared with <1 serving/week of SSB consumption, higher intake (ie, ≥2 servings/day) in adulthood was associated with a 2.2-fold higher risk of EO-CRC.

Each serving/day increment of SSB intake at age 13–18 years was associated with a 32% higher risk of EO-CRC.

Hur J, Otegbeye E, Joh H, et al
Sugar-sweetened beverage intake in adulthood and adolescence and risk of early-onset colorectal cancer among women
Gut Published Online First: 06 May 2021. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2020-323450

Watch your sugar intake! Don’t think too long about that colonoscopy your doctor recommended. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer don’t think about getting tested, do it. I lost a first cousin to metastatic colon cancer.

Bob was just 49.

Yes I am aware correlation is not causation.

But life is short and science takes too long.