Coffee lowers risk of skin cancer

Coffee doesn't just give you a buzz - it could also stave off your risk of skin cancer according to new research

Coffee doesn’t just give you a buzz – it could also stave off your risk of skin cancer according to new research.

Now there is even more reason not to feel guilty about stopping off at Starbucks on your way to the office – new research suggests that women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are 20 per cent less likely to develop skin cancer.

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The team from Harvard Medical School also found that men who drank the same amount of coffee are nine per cent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma – the most common form of skin cancer.

‘Given the nearly one million new cases of BCC diagnosed each year in the United States, daily dietary factors with even small protective effects may have great public health impact,’ says researcher Fengju Song.

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Basal cell carcinoma is a non-melanoma form of skin cancer, so it only affects the upper layers of skin, but it accounts for 80 per cent of all cases with an estimated 100,000 new cases each year in the UK.

‘Our study indicates that coffee consumption may be an important option to help prevent BCC,’ says Mr Song. Past research has linked drinking caffeinated coffee to lower risk of breast and prostate cancer among others.

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