08/03/2010 // US // Get Cancer Answers // News Desk

Washington – A recent study suggests cancer cells treat different sugars differently. As reported by Reuters, the study found that tumor cells may more promptly metabolize fructose.

Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center and colleagues at the University of California Los Angeles are quoted in the report as writing of their findings, “These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation… They have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth.”

Heaney is further quoted as stating of the research, “I think this paper has a lot of public health implications. Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of high fructose corn syrup in our diets.”

More information about the study may be available in the Cancer Research journal.

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