Study Finds Coffee Cuts Prostrate Cancer Risk

Posted on May 18, 2011

The BBC reports that a U.S. study, from the Harvard School of Public Health, found a reduced risk of prostate cancer among men that drank coffee. The study followed 48,000 men for twelve years. Men who drank six or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% reduced risk of developing any form of prostate cancer. The heavy coffee drinkers were also 60% likely to develop an aggressive form of the disease. Six cups is a lot of coffee, but the study also found a 30% reduction in the lethal form of prostate cancer in men drinking just 1 to 3 cups a day.

There was no difference whether the men drank regular or decaffeinated coffee.

The study's lead researcher Dr Kathryn Wilson said, "At present we lack an understanding of risk factors that can be changed or controlled to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer. If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer."

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