Study: coffee reduces risk of melanoma

Jan 21, 2015, 4:07 PM EST
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A study conducted by researchers from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and Yale School of Public Health at Yale University shows that drinking a certain amount of coffee a day could reduce the risk of contracting melanoma by 20%. Medical News Today writes:

The US is certainly a nation of coffee drinkers; more than half of us drink an average of 3.1 cups of it every day. And with the health benefits the beverage has been associated with in the past, it is no wonder.
 
Last year, Medical News Today reported on studies associated coffee consumption with reduced risk of death from liver cirrhosis, lower risk of type 2 diabetes and a reduced risk of tinnitus, among other health benefits.
 
In this latest study, Erikka Loftfield, of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute, and colleagues set out to determine how coffee consumption affects the risk of melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer.
 
 
The study surveyed over 447,000 people in the United States over an average of 10 years. Those who drank coffee were associated with a decreased risk of developing melanoma skin cancer. They found those who drank four or more cups of joe a day were 20 percent less likely to develop melanoma.
 
Melanoma skin cancer is mainly caused by exposure to UV radiation. This can be through natural sunlight or the artificial light used in sunbeds. About 12,800 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
 
The findings builds on a 2007 study published by Dr. Ernest Abel, which found that risk of non-melanoma skin cancer also fell with increased coffee consumption.
 
Decaffeinated coffee had no affect on the risk of skin cancer in both studies.

 

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