A new study has shown that people who regularly consume at least one soft drink a day could have a greater risk of cancer.
The Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne research involved a study with more than 3000 cases of 11 obesity-related cancers, such as breast cancer, liver cancer and prostate cancer.
This study found a positive association between soft drink and cancer, independent of obesity as adjustments were made for waist size.
Researchers have said that these results indicate that soft drink should be sparingly consumed.
"Initially our hypothesis was that drinking soft drinks would cause obesity which would then cause an association with obesity-related cancers but we found that there was more beyond the affect of obesity," said lead researcher, Associate Professor of Cancer Council Victoria's Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division Allison Hodge.
"These particular cancers are commonly associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size."
One important point to note is that the presence of sugar, meaning that perhaps diet soft drinks may not be as dangerous.