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Diet Coke got me bladder cancer

I was a truck driver and I drank a twelve pack of diet coke every day. After twelve years I got bladder cancer.

  1. Hi @mrdavey1, thanks for starting this forum. I'd be curious to hear if anyone else has a similar experience with drinking a large quantity of diet soda. While some people still believe that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda lead to cancer, there is still little evidence that artificial sweeteners are carcinogens or co-carcinogens. This article about artificial sweeteners and bladder cancer explains in detail: https://bladdercancer.net/living/artificial-sweeteners-cause/. How has your cancer journey been so far? Would be glad to hear how things are going for you.

    Take care,
    -Sarah (BladderCancer.net Team Member)

    1. mrdavey1,
      I drive a truck as well. I was told that smoking accounted for 75% of my cancer and chemical exposure from painting cars without a mask rounded out the final 25%. Doc never commented on the coffee or diet soda. I have read that truckers are more susceptible to bladder issues including possible links to cancer due to longer than normal periods without peeing. One thing my doctor stressed was drinking plenty of fluids and urinating often, even if it disrupted the truck schedule. You can imagine dispatch doesn't concur.

      Let us know how you are doing. I hope you are getting on well.
      Best wishes Mac (site moderator)

      1. @mrdavey1 Thanks for sharing your story. I can entirely understand your concern about diet soda. It is interesting and often helpful to see the scientific evidence (cited previously....that there's not a lot of evidence for those sweeteners as a carcinogen). It is also highly worthwhile to listen to yourself and your own experience, too. It's probably tough for anyone to consider diet soda a "healthy choice" even if it hasn't been shown definitively to cause cancer. I hope you are on the road to recovery. Thanks for sharing your insights. Best, Renata (bladdercancer.net moderator)

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