Coffee and Cancer Risk

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Modern technology and global warming have brought multiple health risks which are bothersome for those individuals who are more susceptible from having a disease. Ultraviolet rays which can be absorbed by the skin from too much exposure to the sun, and other radiations are considered harmful to the body, specifically to the body’s first line of defense – the skin. Certain diseases of the skin are already known to affect the population, and skin cancer is one of them. Health risks related to skin cancer must be prevented in order to halter the development of the said condition, and a cup of coffee can help prevent this risk.

Having a cup of coffee everyday or even more can help reduce the risk of having skin cancer, according to a study released in a major US medical conference this Monday.

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States (US), although it is considered malignant, still it is highly curable. Skin cancer is a malignancy of the skin which affects the basal and squamous cell of the skin. This is usually caused by radiation, specifically ultraviolet rays, acquire through longer time exposure under the glaring sunlight. Also, heredity and the environment also play a role in the development of the said disease.

The new study thoroughly analyzed and examined the data derived from the Nurses’ Health Study (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (Harvard School of Public Health). The data gathered from the nurses’ study involve about 72,921 participants for about 24 years, starting June 1984 to June 2008. The health professional’s study includes the assessment of about 39,976 participants for about 22 years, starting from June 1986 to June 2008.

The researchers have found out that the most commonly diagnosed type of skin cancer was basal cell carcinoma which is about 22,786 cases which is also considered as the most common type of skin cancer in United States (US). In addition, the study findings reveal that those women who are consuming caffeinated coffee for more than three (3) cups everyday have a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC). These women have 20 per cent lowered risk as to those who consume coffee less frequently. Also, for those men who consume the same amount of coffee everyday have nine (9) per cent lower risk.

“Our study indicates that coffee consumption may be an important option to help prevent BCC.” Fengju Song, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who was involve in the study said in conclusion.

In a separate research conducted by researchers from the Harvard University about coffee and prostate cancer, coffee contains many biologically active compounds, including caffeine and phenolic acids, that have potent antioxidant activity and can affect glucose metabolism and sex hormone levels. Because of these biological activities, coffee may be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer.



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