More Coffee, Lower Cancer Risk?

Among all the cancer types, liver cancer is one of the most dangerous. However, University of Southampton led a study about drinking coffee to lower risk of primary liver cancer.

Researchers from Univertisty of Southampton and University of Edinburgh found that drinking more than one cup of caffeinated coffee a day may lead to 20% reduction of risk in developing hepatocellular canceer(HCC), which is the most common form of primary liver cancer. When a person has two cups of coffee per day, a 35 percent reduction of risk was observed, and the reduction percentage keeps going up to 50% by five cups coffee per day.

The protection of coffee was found to be effective on both exisitng coffee-drinkers and non coffee-drinkers. The study also said that decaffeinated coffee also has a beneficial effect, but less than caffeinated does.

The research was published in the journal BMJ Open.

Lead author Dr Oliver Kennedy from the University of Southampton, said: “Coffee is widely believed to possess a range of health benefits, and these latest findings suggest it could have a significant effect on liver cancer risk.

However, daily intake of high coffee-caffeine is not a recommendation from the rsearcher, as they stated, more studies are necessary to understand the potential harm of high caffeine intake to the body, and evidently a certain group of people need to avoid high caffeine, such as pregnant women.

HCC is the second leading cause of cancer death globally because of its poor prognosis and high frequency, especially in people who are already suffering from chronic liver disease. The compound molecules found in coffee possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic and other beneficial properties which scientists believe may explain the lower rates of chronic liver disease and liver cancer experienced by coffee-drinkers.

 

So a cup of coffee a day, kich the liver cancer away……

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