Coffee and Tea Intake Not Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk, According to Large European Study

Coffee and Tea Intake Not Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk, According to Large European Study
Drinking tea or coffee, with or without caffeine, has no impact on the risk for prostate cancer, according to the results of a large European study. The study, “Coffee and tea composition and risk of prostate cancer in the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition,” was published in the International Journal of Cancer in June 2018. While certain factors are known to increase the risk for prostate cancer — such as older age, race (black men are more at risk), and a family history of prostate cancer — the causes for prostate cancer remain unclear. Moreover, dietary factors that might promote prostate cancer are also not well-established. Coffee and tea are the two most widely consumed beverages in the world, and have been suggested to reduce the risk of prostate cancer due to their anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. However, studies in prostate cancer patients have provided inconsistent results. Therefore, a group of European researchers conducted a large prospective study that explored the link between total (caffeinated and decaffeinated) coffee and tea consumption, and the risk for prostate cancer. To understand how coffee and tea intake correlated with the incidence of total prostate cancer, as well as the disease stage, the team used data collected from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort. EPIC has more than half a million participants from 10 European countries. For this study, researchers analyzed a total of 142,196 men from Denmark, Ital
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