Can Coffee Help Prevent Recurrence of Breast Cancer?

logo1267406_mdMail Online reports on research at Lund University in Sweden that concluded that drinking  coffee could decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring in women taking  the widely used drug Tamoxifen. Patients who took the pill along with two or more cups of coffee daily, reported less than half the rate of cancer recurrence, compared to those taking Tamoxifen with one or less cups of coffee daily. -Six hundred breast cancer patients in southern Sweden were followed for an average of 5 years. Approximately 300 took  Tamoxifen that reduces the risk of new tumors by blocking  estrogen receptors. However, it is unknown how the coffee interacts with treatment to reduce recurrence. One theory is that the coffee activates the Tamoxifen to make it more effective. More research is needed to confirm this observational study.

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