British Coffee Association - Moderate Coffee Consumption May Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer
Moderate Coffee Consumption May Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

Moderate Coffee Consumption May Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

Man and women in labNew data published online in PLoS suggest that moderate coffee consumption may reduce the risk of breast cancer. These new findings are particularly important as breast cancer is by far the most common cancer among women in the UK (2010), accounting for 31% of all new cases of cancer in females 1,2,3,4.

The British Coffee Association comments, “The results of this meta-analysis are very encouraging and add to the existing research which suggests that moderate coffee consumption, four to five cups of coffee per day, may be associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer. The findings of this meta-analysis support the advice of the World Cancer Research Fund which states that most evidence suggests that consumption of coffee and / or tea has no significant relationship with the risk of cancer at any site. Overall we can be reassured that four to five cups of coffee a day can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet for the general population and may provide certain health benefits. As advised by the NHS, pregnant women however should moderate caffeine intake to 200mg per day, which equates to two to three cups of coffee.”

References

1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, June 2012. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/search/index.html?newquery=cancer+registrations.
2. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, June 2012. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/CancerData/OnlineStatistics/.
3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit on request, April 2012. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=242&pid=51358.
4. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2012. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/index.asp#605.