Study: Coffee reduces skin cancer

Finally, something we are addicted to is good for us.

Before "Occupying" anything, this intrepid Michigan protester warms up with a steamy cup of skin cancer medicine.

Before "Occupying" anything, this intrepid Michigan protester warms up with a hot cup of skin cancer medicine. (AP Photo)

Coffee, perhaps Ethiopia’s greatest discovery, has made is possible to attend morning classes and business meetings since the Middle Ages. Now, science is discovering medical benefits hidden in all that steamy deliciousness.

The Washington Post reports coffee drinkers are less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

A study conducted by the American Association for Cancer Research in Boston looked at 113,000 participants in two long-term health surveys. Researchers concluded that women who consumed more than three cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma compared with those who drank less than a cup a month.

More than three cups a day sounds like a recipe for bouncing off walls.

For men, the reduced risk was more modest, just 9 percent, the Post reports.

Coffee researcher Juan Valdez could not be reached for comment.

Earlier, the Post’s Jennifer LaRue Huget reported coffee reduced the likelihood of stroke in women.

Despite scouring the Internet, I have found no similar good news about bacon or butter, but I will keep trying.

17 comments Add your comment

DW

October 26th, 2011
5:35 pm

Sally

October 26th, 2011
5:45 pm

I should be safe. :D

Charlotte

October 26th, 2011
5:46 pm

@ George . . .”Despite scouring the Internet, I have found no similar good news about bacon or butter, but I will keep trying.”

iHahhaaa!

I don’t drink coffee of soda, so I guess I’m at a risk.

HCCynic

October 26th, 2011
6:02 pm

Safe here as well.

Midway

October 26th, 2011
6:09 pm

“The French eat four times as much butter, 60 percent more cheese and nearly three times as much pork. Rates of death from coronary heart disease among males aged 35–74 years were 115 per 100,000 people in the U.S. but only 83 per 100,000 in France.”

There you have it, butter and bacon, from a British Heart Foundation study. Eat up.

bev

October 26th, 2011
6:25 pm

Coffee also filters the liver. Be sure to drink coffee the morning after drinking alcohol.

bev

October 26th, 2011
6:27 pm

Midway, they believe the French have less heart disease due to drinking red wine which is loaded with antioxidants.

Tech '10

October 26th, 2011
6:38 pm

Midway: I would be interested in seeing if the French have a higher level activity than we do, on average. Which I am willing to bet, wouldn’t be saying much.

Juan Valdez

October 26th, 2011
7:21 pm

Perhaps it’s because coffee drinkers tend to be stuck inside an office all day?

Shakey McJitters

October 26th, 2011
7:58 pm

Sounds like a study funded by the coffee industry.

I wonder what the renal disease rate is in the surveyed group?

Amanda

October 26th, 2011
9:27 pm

Spent some time in France…rented an apartment on the 6th floor…we’d call that the 7th floor back here. DEFINITELY a lot more activity just to get outside alone, not many buildings have the luxury of an elevator, so that would play into it. Of course, this does them no good because most of the coffee is hideously bad.

coffees R us

October 26th, 2011
10:38 pm

bev and Midway: The french also practice portion control. The percentage of their meals may include more butter, cheese and bread, but the whole meal may be 2 slices of bacon, two ounces of cheese and 1/4 of a baguette. 100% of the meal is bad for you if you multiply it by 4 and wash it down with a 2 liter coke (breakfast in an American school cafeteria).

Krystle Meyer

October 27th, 2011
8:12 am

Also, the French have more sex, which burns more calories.

Linda

November 3rd, 2011
11:18 pm

Once again another research done without me. I am a coffee drinker and am just finishing my treatment for basal cell. I has been a long and painful process.

Hugh Jazz

November 4th, 2011
11:27 am

Does anyone else think it’s interesting that “they” have released this info about coffee…..now that ppl are cutting back on buying coffee (due to the increase in coffee prices)????? Hmmmmmmmm….

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Robert M.

November 9th, 2011
10:34 am

Food or beverage a skin cancer medicine! You better watch out; the FDA will get you!