Coffee and Prostate Cancer


At last some good news for males who love their daily coffee. Researchers at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference in December reported that men with a higher daily coffee intake had a significantly lower risk of advanced and lethal prostate cancer. Coffee contains antioxidants, minerals and caffeine which could impact cancer risk.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School’s Channing Laboratory and School of Public Health. and from McGill University evaluated data from around 50,000 participants in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.
Regular and decaffeinated coffee intake was evaluated in 1986 and every 4 years thereafter until 2006. During that period 4,975 men developed prostate cancer.
Those who drank 6 or more cups of coffee daily had a 19% lower risk of prostate cancer compared with those who did not drink coffee so there was a small protective effect for the coffee drinkers. However, for advanced and fatal cancer rates the risk of each was 59% lower in men who consumed the most coffee and among those who never smoked the risk was 89% lower. Results were similar for regular and decaffeinated coffee. These results are potentially important and should be confirmed by other studies.

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