Those beliefs likely reflect popular wisdom, according to Colleen Doyle, managing director of the Healthy Eating, Active Living Environments program for the American Cancer Society.
"There is no good evidence that artificial sweeteners raise cancer risk, but people have heard that they do," Doyle
But in science, Doyle
noted, no single study is the final word: It's the whole body of evidence that matters.
Groups such as the American Cancer Society, the AICR and government health agencies
look at the overall evidence and come up with reports and recommendations, Doyle
Complicating matters, cancer is not one disease -- and the risk factors for the various forms differ, Doyle
Healthy lifestyle choices are no guarantee, Doyle
"You can do all the 'right' things and, unfortunately, still develop cancer," she
added, "there are very real steps you can take every day to reduce your risk."
SOURCES: Alice Bender, M.S., R.D.N., associate director, nutrition programs, American Institute for Cancer Research, Washington, D.C.; Colleen Doyle, M.S., R.D., managing director, Healthy Eating Active Living Environments, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Ga.; Feb. 4, 2015, The AICR 2015 Cancer Risk Awareness Survey Report