Coffee inhibits the growth of tumors and reduces the risk of recurrence in women with breast cancer and treated with the drug tamoxifen, confirmed a new study published in Clinical Cancer Research(2015; doi:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-14-1748).
A number of research studies have shown that coffee helps to protect against breast cancer. This study, which is a follow-up of the results the researchers obtained 2 years ago, was carried out at Lund University and Skåne University Hospital in Sweden, in collaboration with researchers in the United Kingdom.
“Now, unlike in the previous study, we have combined information about the patients’ lifestyle and clinical data from 1,090 breast cancer patients with studies on breast cancer cells. The study shows that among the more than 500 women treated with tamoxifen, those who had drunk at least two cups of coffee a day had only half the risk of recurrence of those who drank less coffee or none at all,” explained researchers Ann Rosendahl, PhD, and Helena Jernström, PhD, who obtained the results in collaboration with Jeff Holly, PhD, and his research team at University of Bristol.