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Does Coffee Protect You From Cancer?

Does Coffee Protect You From Cancer?

If so, I am SO SAFE.

New research suggests that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day can cut a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer by up to 25%. Endometrial cancer is a malignancy that forms in the lining of the uterus. More than 46,000 women in the U.S. will contract endometrial cancer this year, and more than 8,000 will die from it.

A study released today in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal reviewed the data from over 67,000 women who participated in the Nurses’ Study beginning in 1980. In reviewing the data, researchers determined that women who consumed four or more cups of coffee a day had a 25% lower incidence of endometrial cancer than women who consumed one or less cups of coffee a day. The trend was only associated with regular coffee, however; decaffeinated coffee was not associated as strongly with decreased cancer risk.

However, this doesn’t make coffee a panacea. While this isn’t the first good news about coffee — research has previously shown it to have positive effects on type 2 diabetes, gallstones, colon cancer and more – other research has shown that coffee drinkers may be at higher risk for urinary tract cancer and lung cancer, not to mention the jitters, coffee breath and a tendency to fire that snippy email off to your boss without reading it over first.

The authors of the study also warn that the benefits may not outweigh the risks of caffeine consumption — particularly if you drink those four cups of coffee with two sugars and two creams, as the additional calories and fat will effectively neutralize any possible benefit the coffee itself may have. Still, if you’re already a heavy coffee drinker, take heart — it’s not as bad for you as you think.

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9:41AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

I believe cancer is in your genes. I read yesteryear that marijuana helps prevent cancer. I drink coffee and have for over 40 years and smoke pot for over 50 years still got cancer so these studies are not accurate. My dad drank 2 pots of coffee a day. He passed away from cancer.

10:47AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

COFFEE!!!!!

9:24AM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Very nice,enjoying coffee and having such a benefit.
Thanks for the information!

7:44PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Since I'm a coffee addict, this is somewhat heartening new -- but there's always the flip side to anything good for you ... HMMM -- do I want endometreal cancer or urinary tract cancer? ..... HMMM

4:37PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

thanks for this

3:18PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Yay for coffee! Yay for all it's healing properties...

12:08PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Love my coffee, too! Thanks GOD for research ...

3:29AM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Hands off my non fat LATTE!!!

11:38PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

everything in moderation

3:36PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Who knows what they'll prove next!

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