Coffee may prevent breast cancer recurrence
A new study from Lund University in Sweden has found that drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence among patients taking the hormone therapy, Tamoxifen, which is often given to women after breast cancer surgery. Scientists suspect that coffee may "activate" Tamoxifen and makes it more efficient.
This study followed over 600 breast cancer patients from southern Sweden for a period of five years, approximately 300 of whom took the widely-prescribed drug Tamoxifen. The medication is known to reduce the risk of new tumors by blocking estrogen receptors. In this case, patients who took the pills and drank two or more cups of coffee a day reported less than half the rate of cancer recurrence than those who took the pill and had one cup or fewer daily.
Researchers have previously linked coffee consumption to decreased risk of developing certain types of breast cancer, while caffeine has also been demonstrated to hamper the growth of cancer cells.
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