Coffee and tea consumption and risk of pre- and postmenopausal breast cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort study

Nirmala Bhoo-Pathy, Petra H.M. Peeters, Cuno S.P.M. Uiterwaal, H. Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, Awang M. Bulgiba, Hammer H. Bech, Kim Overvad, Anne Tjønneland, Anja Olsen, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Guy Fagherazzi, Florence Perquier, Birgit Teucher, Rudolf Kaaks, Madlen Schütze, Heiner Boeing, Pagona Lagiou, Philippos Orfanos, Antonia Trichopoulou, Claudia AgnoliAmalia Mattiello, Domenico Palli, Rosario Tumino, Carlotta Sacerdote, Franzel J.B. Van Duijnhoven, Tonje Braaten, Eiliv Lund, Guri Skeie, María Luisa Redondo, Genevieve Buckland, Sánchez J.S. Pérez, Maria Dolores Chirlaque, Eva Ardanaz, Pilar Amiano, Elisabet Wirfält, Peter Wallström, Ingegerd Johansson, Maria M. Nilsson, Kay Tee Khaw, Nick Wareham, Naomi E. Allen, Timothy J. Key, Sabina Rinaldi, Isabelle Romieu, Valentina Gallo, Elio Riboli, Carla H. Van Gils*

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Introduction: Specific coffee subtypes and tea may impact risk of pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer differently. We investigated the association between coffee (total, caffeinated, decaffeinated) and tea intake and risk of breast cancer. Methods: A total of 335,060 women participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Nutrition and Cancer (EPIC) Study, completed a dietary questionnaire from 1992 to 2000, and were followed-up until 2010 for incidence of breast cancer. Hazard ratios (HR) of breast cancer by country-specific, as well as cohort-wide categories of beverage intake were estimated. Results: During an average follow-up of 11 years, 1064 premenopausal, and 9134 postmenopausal breast cancers were diagnosed. Caffeinated coffee intake was associated with lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer: adjusted HR = 0.90, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.82 to 0.98, for high versus low consumption; P trend = 0.029. While there was no significant effect modification by hormone receptor status (P = 0.711), linear trend for lower risk of breast cancer with increasing caffeinated coffee intake was clearest for estrogen and progesterone receptor negative (ER-PR-), postmenopausal breast cancer (P = 0.008). For every 100 ml increase in caffeinated coffee intake, the risk of ER-PR- breast cancer was lower by 4% (adjusted HR: 0.96, 95% CI: 0.93 to 1.00). Non-consumers of decaffeinated coffee had lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer (adjusted HR = 0.89; 95% CI: 0.80 to 0.99) compared to low consumers, without evidence of dose-response relationship (P trend = 0.128). Exclusive decaffeinated coffee consumption was not related to postmenopausal breast cancer risk, compared to any decaffeinated-low caffeinated intake (adjusted HR = 0.97; 95% CI: 0.82 to 1.14), or to no intake of any coffee (HR: 0.96; 95%: 0.82 to 1.14). Caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee were not associated with premenopausal breast cancer. Tea intake was neither associated with pre- nor post-menopausal breast cancer. Conclusions: Higher caffeinated coffee intake may be associated with lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Decaffeinated coffee intake does not seem to be associated with breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15
JournalBreast Cancer Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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