UK Researchers Launch Study to Understand Relationship Between Leukemia & Caffeine

by: cancercompass

Researchers are conducting a new study to understand the relationship between a mother's caffeine intake and her child's risk for leukemia.

Dr. Marcus Cooke from the University of Leicester is leading the study. Cooke said the study's goal is to understand chromosomal changes during pregnancy.

"We want to find out whether consuming caffeine could lead to the sort of DNA changes in the baby that are linked to risk of leukaemia," Cooke said in a news release.  "This is an important area of research because it is vital that mothers are given the best advice possible."

Cooke and colleagues will work with 1,340 pregnant women, taking blood samples from their newborn babies and comparing each child's DNA with the mother's caffeine consumption.

The study has received funding from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).