Drinking coffee may help prevent skin cancer

Drinking coffee may help prevent skin cancer

Previous studies have shown that drinking coffee can provide protective effects against non-melanoma skin cancers.

The research showing these protective effects include a study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention.

However, the effects of coffee on cutaneous melanoma are less clear, according to new research. This new study shows that drinking coffee may help prevent skin cancer.

Research shows that drinking coffee may help prevent skin cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is by far the most common of all skin cancers. Melanoma only accounts for 2% of skin cancer cases, but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.

To find if drinking coffee may help prevent skin cancer, Erikka Loftfield, M.P.H., of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute and a research team analyzed data from NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.

Information from 447,357 non-Hispanic white subjects was examined for coffee consumption. All of the subjects were without cancer, and the researchers adjusted their research for biological and environmental factors.

The research team found that drinking coffee may help prevent skin cancer. Those who consumed 4 cups of coffee a day or more had a 20 percent lower risk of malignant melanoma. Better results were shown with caffeinated coffee.

The researchers noted that these results are only preliminary, and more research needs to be conducted to confirm these results. However, the authors concluded: “Because of its high disease burden, lifestyle modifications with even modest protective effects may have a meaningful impact on melanoma morbidity.”

This study showing that drinking coffee may help prevent skin cancer was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Coffee May Be Associated with a Lower Risk of Malignant Melanoma.” EurekAlert! EurekAlert!, 20 Jan. 2015. Web. 07 Feb. 2015.
2. “Coffee Drinking and Cutaneous Melanoma Risk in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.” Oxford Journals. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 07 Feb. 2015.
3. “Daily Coffee Consumption and Prevalence of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer in Caucasian Women.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2007. Web. 07 Feb. 2015.
4. “What Are the Key Statistics about Melanoma Skin Cancer?American Cancer Society. American Cancer Society, n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2015.

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