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Caffeine & Breast Cancer: Does It Increase the Risk?

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer. While we don’t know what causes breast cancer, we do know about some of the risk factors, including:

  • older age
  • a positive family history of the disease
  • inheriting certain genes that are linked with breast cancer
  • obesity
  • high alcohol consumption
  • radiation exposure

Should coffee consumption also be listed among these risk factors?

The short answer is no, but let’s delve a little more deeply

Coffee consumption in the United States

Fifty-four percent of adults in the United States drink coffee every day, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

The average coffee drinker consumes three cups of it each day. Thus far, research indicates coffee doesn’t cause breast cancer or increase its risk. In fact, it could actually be tied to a lower risk of breast cancer risk.

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