Does sugar cause cancer? No.

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“Does sugar cause cancer?” is a common question we hear when it comes to risk for breast cancer. The short answer is “no” and here’s an explanation to help you learn more about it.

While every cell uses glucose to grow, sugar hasn’t been found in studies to be a part of cancer cell growth. What does increase someone’s risk for breast cancer is obesity, particularly after menopause. This is because fat cells store and produce estrogen, which is a risk factor for breast cancer.

A diet high in sugar can lead to obesity. —> Obesity can increase your risk. That is the connection.

To learn more, we recommend these in-depth resources:

MD Anderson, a trusted cancer hospital in the USA.

Cancer Council in Australia.

Dana Farber, a trusted breast cancer hospital in the USA, talks about diet and cancer.