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Drinking Coffee Reduces Risk Of Basal Cell Carcinoma

October 24, 2011: 08:40 PM EST
Data drawn from questionnaires provided by nurses and other health professionals show an inverse association between drinking caffeinated coffee and the risk of basal cell carcinoma, according to a study presented at a recent medical conference. Though the study looked at the connection between caffeine and both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a decreased risk was found only with BCC. Nearly 73,000 participants were followed from 1984 to 2008 in the study. Researchers found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of BCC by one fifth. But men who drank more than three cups a day had only a nine percent risk reduction, compared with people who drank less than one cup a month.
"Coffee Consumption Associated With Decreased Risk for Basal Cell Carcinoma", Press release, American Association for Cancer Research, October 24, 2011, © American Association for Cancer Research
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