Coffee Found by US Researchers to Decrease the Risk of Having Basal Cell Skin Cancer

By on Oct 25, 2011 in Food, Health, Lifestyle, Science, United States Comments

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A new study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research states that coffee helps reduce the risk for having basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer in the United States.

As reported by various foreign news, dated October 24, 2011, the research team based at the Harvard Medical School in Boston and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found out that there is a 20% reduction of risk for basal cell carcinoma for women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day.

For men having the same intake, they were found to have a 9% reduced risk. Furthermore, the study also found out that those participants of the study who drank the most amount of coffee had the lowest risk.

Reportedly, Fengju Song, one co-author of this study, who is also a post-doctoral fellow in dermatology, states that this can be a valuable piece of knowledge that has a great impact on public health, especially with regards to primary or preventive health. However, the study also found that there is a limitation to this preventive power of coffee.

The research says that coffee, though decreases the risk of basal cell carcinoma, does not reduce the percentage of having melanoma, the deadliest variant of skin cancer.

Despite its limitation, co-author, Fengju Song,  says that coffee consumption is a healthy habit. In fact, there are also prior studies that have found that coffee also reduces the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Apparently, there are many literatures that support the idea that caffeine has antioxidant properties, which help in reducing free radicals that are harmful to the body. Many other animal studies also support this idea, as they say that caffeine promotes the elimination of skin cells that are damaged because of exposure to UV light.

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