Coffee protects against breast cancer recurrence, study suggests

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New research is shedding light on the ways in which drinking coffee seems to lower the odds of breast cancer recurrence. In a recent study out of Lund University in Sweden, coffee was found to slow tumor growth and reduce recurrence in women who’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. These patients were specifically being treated with a drug called tamoxifen.

The study particularly looked at the more than 500 patients who were both taking the drug and drinking a minimum of two daily cups of coffee. When compared to women who drank less coffee (or none), these women showed a 50 percent lower risk of experiencing a cancer recurrence.

According to a Lund University press release, caffeine appears to have a direct impact on breast cancer cells. More specifically, researchers say it helped reduce cell division while also increasing cell death. This happened even more when tamoxifen was part of the equation.

Coffee has been at the center of many health studies over the years that go far beyond breast cancer. A 2013 report put out by the American Heart Association found a link between coffee consumption and stroke risk. Last year, another study out of Singapore found that drinking two cups of coffee a day is associated with reduced mortality risk from liver cirrhosis.

But too much coffee could actually pose a health risk. One 2013 AARP report found that too much caffeine can cause stomach aches, negatively interact with other medications, increase anxiety and more.

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