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article imageCan coffee cut cancer risk?

By Tim Sandle     Apr 12, 2014 in Health
New evidence suggests that daily coffee consumption may cut a person’s risk of developing a form of liver cancer. Coffee also prevents diabetes, a known risk factor for liver cancer.
Specifically the study results suggest that a daily coffee cup may reduce a person’s risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer. The research further indicates that the higher the coffee intake, the lower the risk.
According to the research brief, the science group behind the study enrolled 180,000 participants from a variety of ethnic backgrounds in a long-term prospective study, and followed them for up to 18 years. Nearly 500 of the participants developed HCC. Overall, the study participants who reported drinking one to three cups of coffee per day had a 29 percent drop in HCC risk; those who drank four or more cups saw their risk of developing HCC drop by 42 percent.
The scientists note, according to WebMD, that the association between coffee consumption and lowered cancer risk persisted even after the researchers controlled for ethnicity, gender, obesity, smoking, alcohol use, and diabetes.
The research, yet to be published, was undertaken by V. Wendy Setiawan of the University of Southern California. Setiawan presented her data to the recent meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), held in San Diego, California.
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