Sunday, October 19, 2008

Caffeine Consumption Does Not Raise Overall Breast Cancer Risk

This should come as some relief to those who drink caffeinated beverages. For a quick overview, read this Washington Post news article, "Caffeine Consumption Doesn't Raise Overall Breast Cancer Risk." The article reports the findings of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, "Caffeine Consumption and the Risk of Breast Cancer in a Large Prospective Cohort of Women (abstract)." Here's the bottomline reported by the investigators . . .

Conclusions. These data show no overall association between caffeine consumption and breast cancer risk. The possibility of increased risk in women with benign breast disease or for tumors that are estrogen and progesterone receptor negative or larger than 2 cm warrants further study.

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