Does Drinking Coffee Cure Cancer?
Coffee is more than just a morning pick-me-up, more than a comforting hot toddy. Though there may be nothing more relaxing than a bold cup of the black liquid in the morning, it is now known that the health benefits of coffee are far-reaching. Drink coffee, cure cancer? Uh, maybe not. But don’t be so quick to dismiss it from the cancer prevention network.
A recent study (October 2011, it isn’t even published yet) touts coffee as a significant player in skin cancer prevention. This study was performed by 2 entities, the Nurses’ Health Study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The results of the study showed that women who drank more than 3 cups per day had a 20% lower chance of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma. For men, the reduction of risk was smaller but still significant at 9%.
Twenty percent is a significant number and that is why the medical community is talking about the results of this study. So, while it might not cure cancer, it does appear that drinking 3 or more cups per day does play a role in skin cancer prevention.
Basal Cell Carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that is easily diagnosed and treated. However, if a person has basal carcinoma and it goes untreated it can indeed spread to other parts of the body making it a dangerous enemy. Further, people who have basal cell carcinoma are at a higher risk of getting squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. These two forms of skin cancer are dangerous, more difficult to treat and can be deadly. Therefore, it might just be wise to have another cup of coffee. While you are sipping enjoy every last drop because the health benefits, while they are not a cure for cancer, are many. Skin cancer prevention is just one of them.
Other health benefits of coffee:
- Fights dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Has tons of antioxidants that help prevent liver disease.
- Boosts your brain function throughout the day. (Otherwise known as coffee brain!)
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Fights against diabetes type 2.
- Decreases depression in women.
- Protects from Parkinson’s disease.
- Improves athletic performance.
- Decreases the risk of deadly forms of prostate cancer.
The health benefits of coffee can not be ignored. Reviewing the list above, it is hard to believe it doesn’t cure cancer. However, being able to add skin cancer prevention to the list of coffee’s health benefits is a wonderful thing and in a way it is a bit of a cure for someone who might otherwise get cancer.