When the drinkers were divided into those who drank fruit juices and those who drank other sweet drinks, both groups were also linked with a higher risk of overall cancer.
Susannah Brown, acting head of research interpretation at the World Cancer Research Fund, said the charity's own research had shown a link between obesity - which is associated with drinking too many sugary drinks - and cancer.
The study, published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal, examined more than 100,000 adults with an average age of 42 over a period of nine years. Among the 101,257 participants, 79 percent were women and 21 percent of them were men.
The participants filled out at least two 24-hour diet questionnaires to determine their daily consumption.
For every extra 100ml per day consumed on top of this, a person's cancer risk increased by 18% for all cancers and, among women, by 22% for breast cancer.
The findings add to a growing body of evidence indicating that limiting sugary drink consumption, together with taxation and marketing restrictions, might contribute to a reduction in cancer cases.
The study has some limitations, and one of the major ones is the difficulty involved in clearly determining whether another underlying health problem or a type of drink is the real cause of increased cancer risk in people who consume a sugary drink daily, even in small quantity. This follows the latest study linking sugary beverage consumption to a higher danger of premature death.
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The research uncovered no links between diet sodas and other artificially sweetened beverages and cancer, although more study is needed to confirm that, the authors noted.
- Regularly drinking sugary beverages and fruit juices was linked to a greater risk of developing cancer in a new observational study.
The study's authors, however, suggested that taxing sugary products could have an effect on lowering cancer rates.
But the sample size was large and they adjusted for a number of other influential factors.
The team also checked out food plan drinks using zero-calorie artificial sweeteners fairly than sugar but figured out no link with cancer.
"What our researchers observed was that the sugar contained in these sugary beverages seems to really be the main driver of the association. So it's not so odd that we observe this association for fruit juices", said Touvier.
Sugary drinks - at the side of fruit juice and fizzy pop - could possibly furthermore elevate the menace of cancer, French scientists bid.
"It's important for people to know that all beverages - either with sugar or without are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet", American Beverage Association spokeswoman Danielle Smotkin said. The correlations they found don't necessarily mean the beverages alone lead to cancer.