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Coffee could lower risk of endometrial cancer

By James Walker     Feb 8, 2015 in Food
New research has found a link between regularly drinking coffee and a 20% decreased risk of endometrial cancer which currently affects around 1 in 37 US women in their lifetime, adding to the potential health benefits of consuming the popular beverage.
Coffee is the subject of numerous articles where it is reported that it either increases or decreases the risk of some health issue. It has now been found that it could lower the risk of endometrial cancer though, the most common form of cancer to affect the female reproductive organs and especially proactive in women aged 55 and over.
Melissa Merritt and colleagues from the Imperial College London in the UK analysed 1,303 women with endometrial cancer as part of a report into how dietary factors affect the risk of endometrial cancer. They found that three to four cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of developing the cancer by around 19%, compared with those who drank coffee less than once a day.
The popularity of coffee is reportedly rising to record levels. Starbucks sold 37 million gift cards between November 3rd and December 25th last year, collectively worth $1.1 billion. It is also consumed by many at home and at work, helped by the availability of coffee beans online that make the caffeine-rich quicker and easier to make than ever.
Other health benefits associated with the beverage include decreased risk of melanoma skin cancer and even reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. These are contrasted by reports of increased cholesterol, increased tiredness and increased blood pressure.
Regardless, this doesn't seem to faze the millions of people worldwide who drink multiple cups each day and perhaps lower their risk of endometrial cancer by doing so. The team is now considering investigating further to find a stronger link between coffee and reduced risk of endometrial cancer.
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