2 July 2012
People can help to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer by drinking coffee, a new study carried out by experts in the US suggests.
The research was published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, and shows that the more caffeinated coffee people consume, the lower their risk is of developing basal cell carcinoma.
Of the 112,897 participants analysed in the study, 22,786 developed basal cell carcinoma during the 20 years of follow-up, with scientists observing an inverse association between all coffee consumption and risk of basal cell carcinoma.
In addition, they observed an inverse association between intake of caffeine from all dietary sources, such as coffee, tea, cola and chocolate, and the risk of basal cell carcinoma.
Lead author Dr Jiali Han, associate professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and Harvard School of Public Health, said that the study could have many positive implications.
Given the large number of newly diagnosed cases, daily dietary changes having any protective effect may have an impact on public health, he said.
Despite this, the expert noted that he would not recommend increasing coffee intake based on this data alone.
"However, our results add basal cell carcinoma to a list of conditions for which risk is decreased with increasing coffee consumption. This list includes conditions with serious negative health consequences such as type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease," she added.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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