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Drinking coffee can cut prostate cancer risk in half

Drinking coffee can cut prostate cancer risk in half, according to the latest research from I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed in Italy.

According to Linus Pauling Institute in Oregon, “Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men.” The prostate is a vital part of the male reproductive system, as it generates and stores semen. As we age, the risk for developing prostate cancer increases, so it is important to maintain a healthy prostate.

In Italy, coffee is a major part of culture. Most Italians start the day with a cappuccino, followed by a macchiato or even two at midday, and even an espresso at night.

In the study, study co-author Licia Iacoviello and colleagues took a closer look at the association between coffee and prostate cancer risk.

In recent years we have seen a number of international studies on this issue,” says lead author George Pounis, of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed.

But scientific evidence has been considered insufficient to draw conclusions. Moreover, in some cases results were contradictory. Our goal, therefore, was to increase knowledge in this field and to provide a clearer view.”

The participants were asked to report their daily consumption of Italian coffee.

The researchers found that men who consumed at least three cups of Italian-style coffee per day had a 53 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, when compared to men who consumed 3 or fewer cups daily.

The observations on cancer cells allow us to say that the beneficial effect observed among the 7,000 participants is most likely due to caffeine, rather than to the many other substances contained in coffee,” notes study co-author Maria Benedetta Donati, also of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention.

It is important to note that Italian coffee is different than most styles of coffee in the world.

They prepare coffee [the] rigorously Italian way: high pressure, very high water temperature, and with no filters,” says Iacoviello. “This method, different from those followed in other areas of the world, could lead to a higher concentration of bioactive substances.”

The study showing that drinking coffee can cut prostate cancer risk in half was published in the International Journal of Cancer.

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1. “Reduction by Coffee Consumption of Prostate Cancer Risk: Evidence from the Moli‐sani Cohort and Cellular Models.” International Journal of Cancer. Wiley Online Library, 24 Apr. 2017. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
2. “Italian-style Coffee Could Halve the Risk of Prostate Cancer.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 31 Dec. 1969. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.

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