Coffee Lowers Skin Cancer Risk – Harvard Medical School
New research published in the demonstrates that drinking more caffeinated coffee can actually lower the risk of developing, basal-cell carcinoma, the world’s most common form of skin cancer. basal cell carcinoma, according to a study published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
A doctor and his colleagues at the Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts formed their results by completing an analysis of data from a long-range study to help in the investigation of those factors that influence women’s health and a similar study for men.
Of the over one hundred thousand participants that participated in the study, over twenty-two thousand developed the carcinoma, nearly two thousand developed squamous cell carcinoma and and over seven hundred developed melanoma during more than twenty years of follow-up of the two studies. An inverse association was shown between coffee consumption and the risk of basal-cell carcinoma. In addition, another inverse association was shown between consumption of caffeine from many sources, including tea, coffee, cola and chocolate and risk of basal cell carcinoma. Interestingly, there was no association between the drinking of decaf coffee with a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma.
According to the lead Doctor of the study, the results suggest that it’s the caffeine in coffee that is primarily responsible for the decreased risk of basal-cell carcinoma and that this would be consistent with data published from previous studies done on mice which showed that caffeine can prevent skin tumor formation. He did admit though that more studies will need to be done before anything definitive conclusions can be drawn.
Unfortunately, the study showed no relationship between caffeine consumption and incidents of squamous- cell carcinoma and melanoma, the two most deadly forms of the disease.