Coffee Drinkers Are At A Lower Risk For Basal Cell Carcinoma
Now we have one more reason to make coffee part of our daily diet. As if we needed one.
This year there will be more than 2 million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, will make up most of those cases. And while not as scary as melanoma – the deadliest of all skin cancers – basal cell carcinoma can spread when left untreated, requiring surgery that can be invasive and disfiguring.
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School studied 112,897 people over a twenty year period; 22,786 developed basal cell carcinoma. The study determined that those at a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma were individuals that consumed caffeinated coffee and caffeine from other beverages including tea, cola, and chocolate.
Decaffeinated coffee was not found to have any effect on the development of this type of skin cancer. Nor was there any correlation found between caffeine consumption and the prevention of the two other most common skin cancers, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
More Good News For Coffee Drinkers
Not only does a couple cups of coffee help motivate up to exercise, it may even keep us working out for longer periods of time with less fatigue. Coffee drinkers have also been found to have fewer instances of head and neck cancers, less risk of developing type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease and women who drink three cups a day are 15% less likely to develop depression over a 10-year period along with a lower risk of dementia, liver and prostate cancers.
As with any and all things, moderation is key. Too much caffeine can lead to muscle tremors, insomnia, irritability, restlessness and upset stomach.
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Coffee and tea, hot or iced, are your best choices for a healthy, low-calorie beverage year around.
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