October 25th, USATODAY.com ran an article entitled “Daily coffee may lower your skin cancer risk.” To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
This article reports the results of a study presented at an American Association for Cancer Research International Conference in Boston on Monday, October 25th.
Researchers report that a daily caffeine intake might also reduce your risk of developing a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and nearly one million new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year.
Lead researcher, Fengju Song, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston says, “Our study indicates that coffee consumption may be an important option to help prevent basal cell carcinoma.”
The article further states that the study could not prove cause-and-effect, however, and at this point the finding remains an association only.
Researcher Song collected data on nearly 113,000 adults. Approximately 73,000 women and 40,000 men. Over more than 20 years of follow-up, more than 25,000 cases of skin cancer were diagnosed among the men and women in the studies. Of these, about 23,000 were basal cell carcioma, about 2,000 were squamous cell cancer and 741 were melanoma.
The study reports that the risk for women who drank the most coffee was lowered 18 percent; for men who drank the most coffee, the risk was lowered 13 percent.
Dr. Robert S. Kirsner, professor and vice chairman of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, sand the findings “could open a new avenue of developing chemo-prevention for non-melanoma skin cancer.”
Obviously more research is needed and for more information for yourself regarding this study and its findings, please read the entire article. The article states that research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to drink that first cup of coffee each morning without guilt? Instead of worrying about too much caffeine you could be preventing skin cancer or even other types such as lymphoma or testicular cancer. According to the article, the magic number of cups per day was 3 so you can always overdo a good thing. Drink your coffee – just limit it to three cups or so a day. Drinking coffee had an effect ONLY on basal cell carcinoma not the two other more deadly types, squamous cell and melanoma.