Drinking coffee `slashes breast cancer risk`

Last Updated: May 11, 2011, 12:14 PM IST

London: Ladies, please note – drinking upto five cups of coffee daily can protect you from developing oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer, which is one of the most aggressive forms of the disease, says a new study.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have carried out the study and found that downing the caffeine drink everyday slashes a woman`s risk of developing oestrogen -receptor negative breast cancer (ER-negative).

According to them, women can drink up to five cups of coffee daily to stave off the disease that is more dangerous than oestrogen-receptor positive breast cancer as chemotherapy remains often the only option.

The researchers have, in fact, based their findings on an analysis of data from 6,000 post-menopausal women, the `Daily Express` reported.

They concluded: "A high daily intake of coffee was found to be associated with a statistically significant decrease in oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer among post-menopausal women."

However, experts claim that earlier studies suggested otherwise -- that drinking coffee could increase the risk of breast cancer in women.

Dr Caitlin Palframan of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: "We wouldn`t encourage women to increase the coffee they drink. Women can reduce their chances of developing breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, cutting back on alcohol and getting regular physical activity."

The study has been published in the latest edition of the `Breast Cancer Research` journal.