Four coffees a day could prevent womb cancer

Drinking coffee throughout the day may help reduce the risk of womb cancer, according to a new study

There’s good news for coffee lovers: new research shows a link between regular consumption of the beverage and lower odds of endometrial cancer.

The 26-year study reported in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal found women who drank four or more cups a day were 25 per cent less likely to develop the disease than those who limited their intake.

And the decaff variety seems to be just as effective. The study of almost 70,000 women found both drinks helped lower hormones believed to fuel the disease, although adding sugar and cream may cancel out the effects.

‘Coffee has already been shown to be protective against diabetes due to its affect on insulin, so we hypothesized that we’d see a reduction in some cancers as well,’ says senior researcher Edward Giovannucci.

Endometrial cancer kills an estimated 1,000 people annually and currently affects 6,400 British women in the UK.

Researchers from Harvard suggest regular exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight are the most important methods of prevention. Additional strategies, however, can certainly help.

Professor Giovannucci says: ‘Laboratory testing has found that coffee has much more antioxidants than most vegetables and fruits.’

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