A new study from Harvard’s Nurses’ Health Study found that after examining the dietary habits of nearly 73,000 nurses from 1984 to 2008, women who consumed 3 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of developing Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), the most common form of skin cancer. Men had a 9% reduction in risk, and no connection was seen for either women or men for Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) or the rare but potentially fatal melanoma.
Coffee’s protective effect appears to be related to the caffeine, so decaffeinated coffee showed no protective effect. While BCC is rarely fatal, there may be consequences of treatment, including disfigurement. Plus, developing any kind of cancer increases the risk for developing other cancers–in this case, other skin cancers, lymphoma, and testicular cancer. Read more about the research here.
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