Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Coffee drinking can reduce the risk of breast cancer

 Researchers found that heavy consumption of coffee reduced the incidence of malignant tumours in breasts by 20 per cent.

In the less common type of the disease – known as ER negative – the effect was even greater with incident rates reduced by half for coffee drinkers compared with non-coffee drinkers.

The researchers said they were unsure as the reasons why it had such an effect although earlier studies have suggested that it could be because it is rich in antioxidants.

For the research, the team from the Karolinska Institutet, in Sweden, looked at the records of nearly 5,000 women over the age of 50, roughly half of which had breast cancer.

They looked at their coffee consumption and found that those who drank more than five cups a day had a reduction of 20 per cent overall in the risk of getting breast cancer.

When they were screened for different types of cancer they found that it had the biggest reduction in ER-negative of 57 per cent.

ER-negative cancer is rare but it is also very hard to treat.

Each year 45,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, a third of whom will go on to die from the disease.

The results were published in the journal Breast Cancer Research.

Source: The Telegraph

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