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Coffee May Reduce Risk Of Oral Cancer

Coffee May Reduce Risk Of Oral Cancer
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ATLANTA (UPI) — People who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day were about half as likely to die from oral/pharyngeal cancer, U.S. researchers found.

Lead author Janet Hildebrand, an epidemiologist and population expert with the American Cancer Society, and colleagues analyzed coffee and tea consumption among people enrolled in the Cancer Prevention Study II, a study begun in 1982 by the American Cancer Society.

Among 968,432 men and women who were cancer-free at enrollment, 868 died from oral/pharyngeal cancer during the 26 years of follow-up, Hildebrand said.

The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found drinking more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day was linked to a 49 percent lower risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer death compared to drinking no coffee or only an occasional cup.

No significant link was found for decaffeinated coffee, and no link at all for tea, the study said.

Coffee contains antioxidants, polyphenols and other compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancer, but the strongest risk factors for oral/pharyngeal cancer are tobacco, alcohol use and the human papillomavirus.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    THIS ARTICLE IS INCOMPLETE.

    IT IS INTERESTING THAT THE ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPH FOR THIS ARTICLE DEPICTS A CUP OF COFFEE WITH CREAM. WHAT IMPACT DOES THE PREPARATION OF THE COFFEE HAVE ON CONTRACTION OF ORAL CANCER?

    I LIKE BLACK-AND-BITTER COFFEE WITH NO SUGAR OR CREAM.

  • steve in AZ

    “People who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day were about half as likely to die from oral/pharyngeal cancer, U.S. researchers found.”

    More than 4 cups a day? hahaha Should have added “They were,however, 100 times more likely to die from a b.itch-slapping from someone their incessant,mindless chatter irritated beyond control.”

    Two cups a day has me climbing the walls. lol

  • J Radke

    In another study of heavy drinking (4+ cups/day) subjects lived an average of four years longer too. There could be a connection. What they don’t tell you in that study is how much of those four years were spent in the bathroom “relieving oneself.” By my calculations it should be at least 8 – 12 months, but as one ages that time increases too.

  • Randy G

    regular coffee, (in me anyway) causes bowel regularity 3+ a movement– decaf coffee does nothing.

    • http://Yahoo anonymous

      Did you really have to share that tidbit of info with us???????????

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