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cancer_prevention_and_caffeine_useNegative Effects of Caffeine on Cancer Prevention

While searching for information on cancer prevention and caffeine use, I was completely surprised by the results that I found. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research while coffee was once linked to high blood pressure and increased cancer risk, the outlook has shifted. The two types of cancer that they had enough data to make a conclusion on were pancreatic cancer and kidney cancer.

Should You Give Up Caffeine for Good

This was once the question that everyone was asking, now with new tests and research being done, it seems that caffeine may not be the horrible risk we once thought that it was. There are now studies that link caffeine to only certain types of cancer. The findings for connections between breast and ovarian cancer with caffeine are not always consistent. A study that has been going on for years among nurses has linked caffeine use with lower risks of breast cancer in women who are postmenopausal, but for those who are pre-menopausal the results were the opposite. The studies are now looking at the link between caffeine and other hormonal influences.

Caffeine Linked Only to Non-cancerous Cysts in Breasts

New studies have conflicting results on whether a caffeine addiction will harm you or help you. There are so many factors involved when it comes to testing women that the results are hard to keep up with, even for the experts. For example; caffeine intake could decrease women's risk if they did not use oral contraceptives or hormone therapy, but can increase the risk if they did. With all the links to go over, including diet, alcohol intake, ethnicity, residence, sleep habits, and weight it is no wonder that results are mixed.

Caffeine Addiction May Involve More that Just Coffee

When looking at caffeine addiction researches do not only look at cancer prevention and caffeine use from coffee, they look at the difference between other sources of caffeine such as chocolate, tea and soda. This means that questionnaires are now being changed for the study groups, people will not only be asked how many cups of coffee they drink, or how many decaffeinated drinks they have, but now candy, tea and soda will be added to the list.

Having a caffeine addiction does not necessarily mean that you will increase your risk of cancer, or will it? In fact some research being done reveals that caffeine contains antioxidants, which have been proven to help skin cancer.  In response, tests are planned which will measure the effects of adding caffeine to sunscreens.

One study from the "Life Science Journal" showed that green tea in combination with tamoxifen, a drug used as therapy for hormone-positive early stage breast cancer in postmenopausal women, was effective in suppressing breast cancer growth in in- vitro breast cancer tumors.  It remains to be applied in live studies.

For Most Women Java Poses No Problem

Because research and studies are being conducted all of the time, and more money is being raised through breast cancer awareness month and activities around the globe, researchers are coming closer to finding out what causes breast and other cancers and what may prevent cancer entirely. Until then there is no proof one way or the other that a caffeine addiction will increase your chances of cancer. What is proven up until today, is that if you have fibrous breast tissue, caffeine will make the condition worse.

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