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Biggest Myths and Misconceptions About Cancer

2. Sugar Causes Cancer

While there is research that shows cancerous cells consume more sugar than normal cells, there is no evidence that sugar causes cancer. What has been proven is that eating too much sugar on a consistent basis is bad for overall health and can cause conditions like obesity, diabetes, and unhealthy weight gain, all of which will then increase a person’s likelihood to developing cancer.

In this case, moderation is key. “All cells in the body, both healthy cells and cancer cells, depend on sugar to grow and function. However, eating sugar won’t speed up the growth of cancer, just as cutting out sugar completely won’t slow down its growth. This doesn’t mean you should eat a high-sugar diet, though,” writes the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Eating a healthy and well balanced diet is the best form of prevention when it comes to diet.

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