Health Alert 12-12: Coffee and Cancer

By: Angela Howard
By: Angela Howard

A possible new benefit from drinking coffee. A new study from the American Cancer Society claims people who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee daily could significantly reduce their risk of death from certain forms of cancer.

Habitual coffee drinkers had about half the risk of dying from cancers of the mouth and part of the throat. That was compared to those who never drank coffee or only had it occasionally.

Researchers studied data on almost a million people from an American Cancer Society study on cancer prevention that began in 1982.

The study found that drinking more than four cups of caffeinated coffee daily was linked to a forty-nine percent lower risk of death from oral cancer. The study authors say more research is needed to understand the reasons why coffee has a protective effect against oral cancers.

The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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