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A common sugar found in fizzy drinks like colas and food such as cereal bars, biscuits and ketchup could be driving breast cancer, a new study suggests.

The high-sugar Western diet may not only increase the risk of breast cancer, but the potential for it to spread to the lungs, scientists warn.

American researchers found that when mice were given a sucrose-rich diet, similar to what obtains in the West, the mice showed increased levels of tumour growth.

They also found that fructose in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup found in a wide range of foods and drinks could be driving the disease.

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