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Exercise Plus Caffeine Wards Off Skin Cancer, Prevents Inflammation Linked To Cancer

April 3, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers who evaluated the effects of caffeine and exercise on lab animals bred to be at high risk of skin cancer found that the combination cut the number of skin tumors by 62 percent, and the size by 85 percent. Similar, but smaller, results were found with caffeine or exercise by themselves. There was a 27 percent reduction in tumors in caffeine-only mice, and a 61 percent reduction in tumor size. Tumor activity decreased by 35 percent in exercise-only mice, while tumor volume decreased by 70 percent. The connection between the impact of caffeine and exercise is inflammation, which declined as much as 92 percent in mice that exercised and consumed caffeine, researchers said.
Yao-Ping Lu, Ph.D. et al., "Caffeine and Exercise May Be Protective Against Skin Cancer Caused by Sun Exposure, Study Suggests", News release, presentation at the AACR annual meeting, April 03, 2012, © American Association for Cancer Research
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