Coffee could cut skin cancer risk

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    Jul 03, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    Is there anything it doesn;t do? Too bad I can't stand the stuff.

    http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/02/coffee-could-cut-skin-cancer-risk/?hpt=hp_t2

    Good news, java junkies: Researchers have found the more coffee you drink, the more you may be protecting yourself against skin cancer.

    According to a new report published in the journal Cancer Research, drinking more caffeinated coffee could lower your chances of developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

    Researchers analyzed data from the famous Nurses' Health Study on more than 112,000 people. One fourth of those studied had developed basal cell carcinoma over a 20 year period. Investigators found the more someone drank caffeinated coffee, (more than two cups a day) the lower their risk of developing this form of cancer.

    Scientists noted caffeine seemed to be key factor, because tea, cola and chocolate, all of which contain caffeine also seemed to cut a person's risk.

    Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing skin cancer. Although it is not as serious as melanoma, it can still lead to permanent damage or death if not treated.

    Doctors say this doesn't mean people should be drinking coffee by the gallons.

    "I would not recommend increasing your coffee intake based on these data alone," Jiali Han, an associate professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and Harvard School of Public Health, and an author with the study.

    "However,” she continued, “Our results add basal cell carcinoma to a list of conditions for which risk is decreased with increasing coffee consumption. This list includes conditions with serious negative health consequences such as type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease."

    Researchers also noted that this is just the first step; more research is needed to better understand why caffeine cuts someone's risk of developing this form of skin cancer.
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    Good thing I drink alotta coffee then lol icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    I drink a ton of coffee. A full pot even before I leave the house. And I got skin cancer. So, F that study.
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    Jul 03, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    I wonder though if darker roasts are better to drink than lighter roasts based off of these promoted health benefits...
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    Jul 03, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    Grandmother drank coffee all her life and she died of cancer. You want to protect yourself against skin cancer? Go inside and limit your sun exposure.
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    Jul 03, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    Sun is healthy for you (mental and physical). It becomes unhealthy when you spend too much time in it and get burned. Getting sunlight increases your levels of Vitamin D, which lowers your risk for cancer. Caffeine probably does the same thing that exercise does, increases heart rate and improves the flow of oxygen and metabolism. Red wine also improves circulation, same types of benefits.
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    Jul 03, 2012 8:51 AM GMT
    I drink copious amounts of it on a regular basis. Out of sheer necessity. It's what keeps me alive between weekday morning college lectures and graveyard shifts on the weekends.
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    Jul 03, 2012 9:32 AM GMT
    amazing how determined some people are in justifying coffee as being beneficial
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    Jul 03, 2012 10:24 AM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI drink a ton of coffee. A full pot even before I leave the house. And I got skin cancer. So, F that study.


    Yup. Me too. The protective effect can't be that great.
  • carew28

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    Jul 03, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    I've always drunk a lot of coffee, several cups per day, always caffeinated. I had an outdoor job for 20 years, working out in the sun every day, and I've got a light, freckled complexion. I also used to sunbathe ( what a fool I was in my younger days !) Never used sunscreen in those days, and got some awful sunburns. I had a basal-cell carcinoma in 1995, luckily I noticed it quickly, had it biopsied, had it removed, and haven't had another one since. Although I've had plenty of actinic-keratoses since then, I have one or two of them frozen off each year. (They come from having had too much sun-exposure in the past, and can turn into skin cancer if left untreated). I see a dermatologist annually.

    Nowadays I work indoors, and as much as possible, I limit my sun-exposure, wear a cap whenever I'm outside, use sunscreen, and sometimes wear sunglasses if I have to be in the sun for an extended amount of time.

    Actually, the coffee theory does somewhat fit my case. I think it could have been much worse. The coffee may have been protective. Damage to skin from sun is cumulative, though, so even damage incurred years ago can cause trouble. Wish I knew then what I know now.

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    Jul 09, 2012 2:13 PM GMT
    In the parts where I grew up, nobody drank coffee. Iced tea and mint julep were the preferred beverages.
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    Jul 10, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI drink a ton of coffee. A full pot even before I leave the house. And I got skin cancer. So, F that study.


    This is more likely the truth it has more to do with genetics and light skin versus olive or darker skin. Wear SPF daily menicon_idea.gif
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    Jul 10, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    nevz saidamazing how determined some people are in justifying coffee as being beneficial

    agreed.