Diet Soda

pepper43
pepper43 Member Posts: 16

I'm curious as to how many of us under 50 who've been diagnosed with some form of renal cell carcinoma (mine was chromophobe renal cell carcinoma) were moderate/heavy diet soda drinkers? 

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  • Abunai
    Abunai Member Posts: 173
    I was

    I was diagnosed at age 50, but the cancer had been growing for some time.

    I was a heavy diet soda drinker; probably 2 liters per day of Diet Dr. Pepper. Obviously, correlation does not equal causation, but it's something I've thought about a lot.

  • lobbyist0724
    lobbyist0724 Member Posts: 484 Member
    edited April 2017 #3
    I was diagonsed at 42 and

    I was diagonsed at 42 and drinks about a can per day. Still drinking these days:) Took pain killer quite often though (not any more).

  • sandy23
    sandy23 Member Posts: 143
    My husband was diagnosed a

    My husband was diagnosed a couple of months ago at the age of 46.  He has never eaten or drank anything with an artificial sweetener but he did drink a lot of regular soda back then.  And, as lobbyist mentioned, he took a lot of painkillers.  He was on ibuprofen and also Cipro several years ago.  He took both of them together for months nonstop because his doctor told him to.  He thinks that may have had something to do with it but we will probably never know.  Ironically enough, the doctor that told him to take them was a urologist.

  • medic1971
    medic1971 Member Posts: 213 Member
    edited April 2017 #5
    Chromophobe here too

    I was 44 when diagnosed, but I did not drink diet soda.  Regular soda on the other hand, I was a heavy drinker including energy drinks. 

     

  • donna_lee
    donna_lee Member Posts: 1,023 Member
    edited April 2017 #6
    Not more warnings to be posted on cans of soda...

    Yikes, the print is so tiny as it is.

    Seriously, any of the sodas are more likely to cause bone thinning, weight gain, indigestion, heartburn, or any number of side effects.

    I couldn't stand diet sodas, and didn't drink a lot of the regular but still got cancer.  They just didn't find it till I was 63, and it had to have been growing for a while to have metastasized like it did.

    The best bet would be to not drink it or cut way back, just for general health reasons.

    Hugs,

    donna_lee

  • Deanie0916
    Deanie0916 Member Posts: 498 Member
    edited April 2017 #7
    I used to drink

    quite a lot of diet soda, but I haven't had a lot for many years. I was diagnosed last fall and the doctors said my tumor had been growing for at least a couple of years. I also had breast cancer in 2009 and was drinking more diet soda before that diagnosis. After that diagnosis, I cut back a lot.

  • todd121
    todd121 Member Posts: 1,448
    Not me - I was not a diet soda drinker

    I haven't seen this as a risk factor. Smoking. Obesity. Working around some heavy metals/electronics I think. Those are the ones I remember. But we've had plenty of people on here that didn't have any of these and got it.

    I was overweight, though. I also was a person that was probably constantly dehydrated. I've always had trouble drinking fluid. Can't force myself to do it. I'm never thirsty. I know that's not good for the kidneys. Not sure it causes cancer, though.

    Todd

  • sandy23
    sandy23 Member Posts: 143
    todd121 said:

    Not me - I was not a diet soda drinker

    I haven't seen this as a risk factor. Smoking. Obesity. Working around some heavy metals/electronics I think. Those are the ones I remember. But we've had plenty of people on here that didn't have any of these and got it.

    I was overweight, though. I also was a person that was probably constantly dehydrated. I've always had trouble drinking fluid. Can't force myself to do it. I'm never thirsty. I know that's not good for the kidneys. Not sure it causes cancer, though.

    Todd

    A friend of mine's uncle is a

    A friend of mine's uncle is a urologist.  He said that if everyone drank a gallon of water a day, every day, that there wouldn't be a need for urologists!!

  • sblairc
    sblairc Member Posts: 585
    edited April 2017 #10
    My husband. Chromophobe also

    I've been told chromophobe is a sporadic cancer, but I'm def intrigued by the possible connection between diet soda and cancer. 

    His Diet coke consumption was excessive for years. He was 47  

  • pepper43
    pepper43 Member Posts: 16
    Double cancer diagnosis here...

    I've been trying to figure out how rare this is....found kidney cancer in PET scan after being diagnosed with breast cancer. There's not much info out there statistically about what they call "synchronous malignancies." I know it's pointless to try to find a definitive cause as cancer is so complex. But I have drank a LOT of aspartame containing soda over the past decade. 

  • Blessedgirl94
    Blessedgirl94 Member Posts: 10 Member
    Pain killers

    I am chromophobe also.  Diagnosed at 45.  No diet sodas, but tons of Advil and aleve due to migraines.  I asked my neurologist if there was any correlation between these painkillers and my cancer.  He said no.  I think maybe there is.  I'm trying to not take as many because I'm nervous it will come back.

     

    Lisa

  • daisybud
    daisybud Member Posts: 529 Member
    Advil and diet soda

    I also have migraines and consumed a lot of advil over the years.. don't touch anymore and tylenol doesn't help much. Plus was  drinking diet soda for many years, way back when Tab was the thing to drink.   Who knows what caused this. Might just be the luck of the draw.

  • foroughsh
    foroughsh Member Posts: 779
    edited April 2017 #14
    I was diagnosed at 36, a 10

    I was diagnosed at 36, a 10 cm tomur has Been there since more than a decade ago. I was never a diet soda or regular soda drinker.

  • lobbyist0724
    lobbyist0724 Member Posts: 484 Member
    edited April 2017 #15

    Pain killers

    I am chromophobe also.  Diagnosed at 45.  No diet sodas, but tons of Advil and aleve due to migraines.  I asked my neurologist if there was any correlation between these painkillers and my cancer.  He said no.  I think maybe there is.  I'm trying to not take as many because I'm nervous it will come back.

     

    Lisa

    I was told that Advil has

    I was told that Advil has positive correlation with Kidney tumors but there is not enough data to say it is "proven".  But I completely stop taking Advil from that day anyways.

  • APny
    APny Member Posts: 1,995 Member
    edited April 2017 #16
    I never drank soda, diet or

    I never drank soda, diet or otherwise. Yet, here I am.

  • hardo718
    hardo718 Member Posts: 853
    Never was a fan

    of diet soda and in recent years I only drink soda if it's mixed with rum, Laughing.  The alcohol eliminates all the bad stuff, right?  haha 

    Personally, I think "Bob the Blob" was caused by excessive radiation exposure over the years.  When I asked my doc he said, "hmmm, that's an interesting thought and we'll probably never know for sure".  In my head, I will continue to lay the blame there but there's no going back.  But then there's so much high fructose corn syrup in everything, who knows.

    Donna~

  • foxhd
    foxhd Member Posts: 3,181
    edited April 2017 #18
    Didn't they

    just announce that 2/3 of all cancers were nothing but bad luck? Don't feel like it was your fault. Lifestyle is very important but how do you explain Keith Richards?

  • pamstayner
    pamstayner Member Posts: 111
    Yep

    I can blame all my bad habits... smoked, drank diet coke (and Tab back in the day) by the liters, ate huge amounts of advil, aleve, Bextra and Celebrex all ibprophen (or however it is spelled) pills.  The only bad bad habits I had.  So, I should have been following the Keith Richard's lifestyle.... at least it looks like it could have been fun......... (although, he looks like he's  dead already.. Hey... the original walking dead guy !)

    Seriously, we each will never know the turning point reason our cells decided to turn cancer producing.  That is looking back, and we cannot change what has already happened. I gotta focus on the now, and make my life good.

    Pam

  • tracylev
    tracylev Member Posts: 17
    Well said foxhd!

    Well said foxhd!

  • APny
    APny Member Posts: 1,995 Member
    Haha, Fox, that's perfect!

    Haha, Fox, that's perfect! And so true, lol.