Coffee can ‘reduce risk of cancer’

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  • New research suggests coffee can 'reduce risk of cancer'

    YOU MAY BE trying to cut down on the daily visits to Starbucks, but new research shows drinking coffee can cut the risk of skin cancer by a third.

    Scientists have found that people who drank as many as six cups of coffee a day reduced their chance of contracting the most common form of skin cancer by 35%. Those who drank only two or three cups a day were only 12% less likely to develop the disease.

    The researchers believe that caffeine could prevent skin cancers from spreading by halting the division of cells, or by behaving as an antioxidant.

    Over the last 25 years, cases of skin cancer have quadrupled in men and tripled in women in Britain – in part due to the increase in sunny holidays.

    Approximately 75,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) – the milder form of the disease – are diagnosed every year.

    Dr Ernest Abel of Wayne State University, Detroit, who led the study, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention of 77, 300 white women aged 50 and over said: ‘Among the possible explanations for caffeine’s protective effect on NMSC are an antioxidant effect and/or inhibition of DNA synthesis and cell division.’

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