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Monday, February 16, 2015

Coffee now believed to reduce skin cancer riskEdit

A small cup of coffee

Coffee is often touted as a powerful antioxidant but it may have more health benefits than previously thought. A new study, done by the National Cancer Institute, shows that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of melanoma. This type of skin cancer is projected to take 9,940 lives in the United States in 2015. Melanoma is one of the top five most common cancers and one of the fastest spreading.

Over 400,000 people participated in this study and factors noted were ultraviolent radiation exposure, coffee intake, physical activity, and smoking history. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee were tested. Only the coffee that contained caffeine was shown to have an effect on the test subjects. In the end, the study found that an average of 4 cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of melanoma by 20%.

Coffee has also been show to reduce risk of prostate and endometrial cancer. While coffee does have these benefits, there is a down side. It has been linked to raised cholesterol levels and a higher risk of heart disease. Other melanoma prevention methods without as many risks include wearing sunscreen and increasing vitamin A intake.