Six cups of coffee a day could cut skin cancer risk by a third

November 14th, 2007 - 8:31 am ICT by admin  
Researchers at the Wayne State University in Detroit have found that drinking six cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of some skin cancers by 31 per cent.

For the study, the team conducted tests on 90,000 women aged 50 to 79.

Analysis showed that out of the women who never drank coffee, 10 percent developed basal cell carcinoma - a mild cancer much less dangerous than malignant melanoma.

On the contrary, the figure dropped to 6.7 per cent among women who drank six cups or more a day.

Researchers said that it could be attributable to caffeine’s antioxidant effects protecting skin cells.

Coffee has previously been linked with high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack, but some studies suggest it cuts the risk of Parkinson’s or alcoholrelated liver damage.

“Decaffeinated coffee or tea on the other hand was not linked with any fall,” the Mirror quoted Dr Earnest Abel, one of the authors, as saying. (ANI)

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