The more you drink coffee, the less likely you are to get skin cancer

SHAFAQNA – While a sugar- and creamer-filled cup of coffee can sabotage anyone’s diet, research is showing us there are more and more reasons to drink this bean-based beverage. According to new research from Yale University and the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), drinking coffee everyday could reduce your for malignant melanoma skin cancer.

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The Skin Cancer Foundation indicates more than 5 million people in the United States are affected by skin cancer annually. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, claims one life every hour, and though it is the most rare form of skin cancer, it accounts for the majority of skin cancer deaths.  Eighty-six percent of melanomas can be attributed directly to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

The more coffee you drink, however, the lower your malignant melanoma risk, according to lead researcher Erikka Loftfield. Loftfield and her team evaluated more than 400,000 study participants over an average of 10.5 years. Rates of melanoma were compared to frequency of certain foods. At the conclusion of the study, the team of experts found the more caffeinated coffee an individual drank a day, the lower their malignant melanoma risk. Drinking four cups, for example, was enough to lower risk by 20 percent.

There was no risk reduction for melanoma that had not spread beyond the outer cells of the skin.

“Higher coffee intake was associated with a modest decrease in risk of melanoma in this large US cohort study,” wrote researchers. “Additional investigations of coffee intake and its constituents, particularly caffeine, with melanoma are warranted…Because of its melanoma’s) high disease burden, lifestyle modifications with even modest protective effects may have a meaningful impact on melanoma morbidity.”

Have moles examinedMelanomas appear like moles. (Shutterstock)

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Loftfield told MNT that while there was a modest benefit to drinking coffee in regards to malignant melanoma, drinking more coffee should not be used as an excuse for unprotected sun exposure.

“The most important thing that individuals can do to reduce their risk of melanoma is to reduce sun and UV radiation exposure,” she said.

Over the last five years, more and more evidence has shown the scientific community that coffee may not be the unhealthy drink we once thought it was. Significant data now exists to suggest coffee can can reduce the risk of death from scarring of the liver, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and prostate cancer, and reduce the risk for tinnitus.

Because coffee is a stimulant and does have a history of causing adverse reactions in certain people, it is important to discuss coffee consumption with your health care provider before adding it to your daily routine.

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