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Coffee has been linked to a reduced risk in Basal cell carcinoma
People who drank the most coffee had the lowest risk
Link to sourcewrote:Are you pondering that third cup of joe? Go ahead!
According to a new study, coffee has been linked to a decreased risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.
The study was conducted by researchers at Brigham and Womens Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
According to a Los Angeles Times article, researchers compiled data from two different studies: the Nurses' Health Study, which followed nearly 73,000 people between 1984 and 2008; and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which followed nearly 40,000 people between 1986 and 2008. The results of both studies were surprising.
Women who drank more than three cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a 20 percent lower risk of developing the skin cancer than those who drank less than a cup per month. Men who drank the same amount had a 9 percent lower risk.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a non-melanoma form of skin cancer. Seventy-five percent of all skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas, according to the America Cancer Society.
Given the nearly one million new cases of BCC diagnosed each year in the United States, daily dietary factors with even small protective effects may have great public health impact, said researcher Fengju Song, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of dermatology at Brigham and Womens Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Our study indicates that coffee consumption may be an important option to help prevent BCC.
And in another study coffee has been found to protect against cell changes that can lead to prostate and endometrial cancers.
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Link to source articlewrote:Evidence continues to percolate on the health-protecting powers of coffee, with new research suggesting the more coffee people drink, the lower the risk of two types of cancerprostate and endometrial.
In one study tracking some 50,000 men for 20 years, Harvard School of Public Health researcher Kathryn Wilson found that coffee drinkers had an overall 20 percent reduced risk of all forms of prostate cancer compared with men who didnt drink it. And the risk of developing advanced forms that often spread beyond the prostate was lower with increasing amounts: at one to three cups daily, it was 20 percent lower compared with nondrinkers, 25 percent less with four to five cups, and 60 percent less with six or more cups.
Another study, conducted over 17 years on more than 60,000 Swedish women, found that women who drank at least two cups daily had a lower risk of endometrial cancer than those who drank less. Additional cups lowered the risk even further, researchers reported in the Nov. 15 issue of the International Journal of Cancer. The benefit of coffee was most pronounced in overweight and obese women, who face the greatest risk of endometrial cancer. Both teams are trying to determine the exact reasons for the benefit, but suspect that a bounty of antioxidants in coffee may better regulate insulin resistance and hormones, which play a role in both cancersas well as in preventing type 2 diabetes.
As far as the prostate cancer results, we need to see if this pans out in other studies, says Wilson, whose research was presented at an American Association for Cancer Research conference last December. But in terms of overall health, you could say, drink more.
Many other studies, she says, have found that drinking lots of coffee reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, and other conditions. And coffee intake has not been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, in spite of some fears about that, Wilson adds.
Although some previous studies linked coffee with bone loss in older women and short-term increases in blood pressure, recent research finds no significant risk of heart or bone problems for those who drink up to four cups per day.
Both findings come as no surprise to Peter Martin, M.D., director of Vanderbilt Universitys Institute for Coffee Studies. There are many powerful antioxidants in coffee that protect against damage that cause cell changes that can lead to cancer, he told AARP Bulletin Today. These studies add to an already large number of others suggesting that coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of many conditions.