The Caffeine in Coffee May Protect You From Oral Cancer

Using data from the Cancer Prevention Study II, a study begun in 1982 by the American Cancer Society, researchers found that drinking  more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee daily lowered the risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer by 49 percent

English: Chemical structure of Caffeine. Franç...

English: Chemical structure of Caffeine. Français : Structure chimique de la caféine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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There were 968,432 study participants who were cancer free at the start of the research, and  868 of these individuals died from oral/pharyngeal cancer during 26 years of follow-up. The finding that caffeine in that much daily coffee intake lowered oral cancer risk was not changed by the sex of the participant, their smoking status, or their alcohol use.

Here’s what else the researchers uncovered:

  • For each additional cup of coffee consumed, there was an additional decline in risk
  • There was some evidence that drinking more than 2 cups of caffeinated coffee daily also provided protection from oral/pharyngeal cancer, but it wasn’t statistically significant
  • There was no evidence that tea provided protection

 

 

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~ by chasm63 on December 11, 2012.

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