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Study: Coffee Cuts Oral Cancer Risk

Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 09:52 AM


A new American Cancer Society study has identified yet another health benefit tied to drinking coffee: A lower risk of death from oral cancers.
The study, published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found people who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day have about half the risk of death from often-fatal oral/pharyngeal cancers than those who only occasionally or never drink the popular beverage.
The finding is the latest linking moderate coffee consumption to a significantly lower risk of death from some cancers — in addition to cutting the odds of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and dementia.
"Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancers," said lead researcher Janet Hildebrand.
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"Although it is less common in the United States, oral/pharyngeal cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in the world. Our finding strengthens the evidence of a possible protective effect of caffeinated coffee in the etiology and/or progression of cancers of the mouth and pharynx. It may be of considerable interest to investigate whether coffee consumption can lead to a better prognosis after oral/pharyngeal cancer diagnosis."
To reach their conclusions, researchers examined associations of caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea intake with fatal oral/pharyngeal cancer among 968,432 men and women who have been participating in a long-running ACS study — known as the Cancer Prevention Study II — begun in 1982.
Among the study participants, 868 died due to oral/pharyngeal cancer. The researchers found consuming more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer death — regardless of participants’ gender, smoking status, and alcohol use.
A similar link was found among those who drank more than two cups per day of decaffeinated coffee, but the association was weaker. No association was found for tea drinking.


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