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Coffee Drinking Fights Off Prostate and Breast Cancer: Happy Older Americans Month

Senior citizens say they will give up sex before coffee; must be delighted with latest news on how it protects both sexes from most prominent cancers

May 19, 2011 - The results of two recent studies may make this the best Older American’s Month in history for senior citizens men and women. A new study indicates drinking coffee regularly lowers the risk of prostate cancer. This follows a report earlier this month saying women coffee drinkers have less breast cancer. The news cannot get much better than that for seniors, who long ago declared coffee their favorite drink.

 

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Coffee has been associated in prior studies with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstone disease, and liver cancer or cirrhosis.

Coffee may reduce risk of lethal prostate cancer in men

Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to the new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. What's more, the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee.

The researchers chose to study coffee because it contains many beneficial compounds that act as antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and regulate insulin, all of which may influence prostate cancer.

The study examined the association between coffee consumption and the risk of prostate cancer, particularly the risk for aggressive prostate cancer among 47,911 U.S. men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who reported their coffee consumption every four years from 1986 to 2008. During the study period, 5,035 cases of prostate cancer were reported, including 642 fatal or metastatic cases.

Among the findings:

   ● Men who consumed the most coffee (six or more cups daily) had nearly a 20% lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer.

   ● The inverse association with coffee was even stronger for aggressive prostate cancer. Men who drank the most coffee had a 60% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.

   ● The reduction in risk was seen whether the men drank decaffeinated or regular coffee, and does not appear to be due to caffeine.

   ● Even drinking one to three cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer.

   ● Coffee drinkers were more likely to smoke and less likely to exercise, behaviors that may increase advanced prostate cancer risk. These and other lifestyle factors were controlled for in the study and coffee still was associated with a lower risk.

Older Americans Month Underway to Recognize About 40 Million Senior Citizens

Administration on Aging promoting local events, offers online games

May 2, 2011 - Older Americans Month, which began on May 1, is an occasion to show appreciation and support for our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities, according to the Administration on Aging, which sponsors the annual event. Read more...

The results from this study, published May 17, 2011, in an online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, need to be validated in additional populations that have a range of coffee exposure and a large number of lethal prostate cancer cases. If confirmed, the data would add to the list of other potential health benefits of coffee.

The authors currently are planning additional studies to understand specific mechanisms by which coffee may specifically lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.

 “Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer,” says senior author Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH.." Lethal prostate cancer, he says, is cancer that causes death or spreads to the bones.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men, affecting one in six men during their lifetime. More than 2 million men in the U.S. and 16 million men worldwide are prostate cancer survivors.

The study was supported by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Coffee reduces breast cancer risk

Researchers from Sweden compared lifestyle factors and coffee consumption between women with breast cancer and age-matched women without. They found that heavy coffee drinkers had a lower incidence of ER–negative breast cancer than women who rarely drank coffee.

However they also found that several lifestyle factors affected breast cancer rates, such as age at menopause, exercise, weight, education, and a family history of breast cancer. The study involved 5,929 Swedish women, aged 50 to 74.

Women who drank five cups of coffee a day had a 33 to 57 percent lower risk for this cancer than did women who drank less than a cup a day.

Once they had adjusted their data to account for these other factors they found that the protective effect of coffee on breast cancer was only measurable for ER-negative breast cancer.

The research published earlier this month in BioMed Central's open access journal Breast Cancer Research shows that drinking coffee specifically reduces the risk of antiestrogen-resistant estrogen-receptor (ER-negative) breast cancer but not ER-positive breast cancer.

"There is often conflicting information about the beneficial effects of coffee – when we compared our results to that of a German study we discovered that their data showed the same trend, but the relationship was much weaker,” the researchers from Karolinska Institutet write.

“We suggest that this may have something to do with the way the coffee was prepared, or the type of bean preferred. It is unlikely that the protective effect is due to phytoestrogens present in coffee since there was no reduction in the incidence of ER-positive cancer in this study."

So while it is evident that coffee may have beneficial effects in protecting women from ER negative breast cancer the exact mechanism and compounds involved are not yet clear and not all types of coffee are the same.

About ER-negative breast cancer

Many breast cancers are sensitive to the hormone estrogen. This means that estrogen causes the breast cancer tumor to grow, according to the National Cancer Institute. Such cancers have estrogen receptors on the surface of their cells. They are called estrogen receptor-positive cancer or ER-positive cancer. ER- negative means there is not have a protein to which the hormone estrogen will bind. (Read more in notes below.)

Notes:

Prostate Cancer Study

"Coffee Consumption and Prostate Cancer Risk and Progression in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study," Kathryn M. Wilson, Julie L. Kasperzyk, Jennifer R. Stark, Stacey Kenfield, Rob M. van Dam, Meir J. Stampfer, Edward Giovannucci, Lorelei A. Mucci, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online May 17, 2011.

Breast Cancer Study

“Coffee consumption modifies risk of estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer,” Jingmei Li, Petra Seibold, Jenny Chang-Claude, Dieter Flesch-Janys, Jianjun Liu, Kamila Czene, Keith Humphreys and Per Hall - Breast Cancer Research.

About breast cancer and estrogen receptor

estrogen receptor (ES-truh-jin reh-SEP-ter)  - A protein found inside the cells of the female reproductive tissue, some other types of tissue, and some cancer cells. The hormone estrogen will bind to the receptors inside the cells and may cause the cells to grow. Also called ER.

estrogen receptor negative (ES-truh-jin reh-SEP-ter NEH-guh-tiv)  - Describes cells that do not have a protein to which the hormone estrogen will bind. Cancer cells that are estrogen receptor negative do not need estrogen to grow, and usually do not stop growing when treated with hormones that block estrogen from binding. Also called ER-.

estrogen receptor positive (ES-truh-jin reh-SEP-ter PAH-zuh-tiv)  - Describes cells that have a receptor protein that binds the hormone estrogen. Cancer cells that are estrogen receptor positive may need estrogen to grow, and may stop growing or die when treated with substances that block the binding and actions of estrogen. Also called ER+.

Source: Dictionary, National Cancer Institute


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But does that reduction in pain translate into an improvement in sport performance?

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Older Women Lower Stroke Risk by Drinking Coffee Frequently and Not Smoking

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Seniors Will Appreciate Study Finding Coffee Drinkers Less Likely to Get Alzheimer’s in Old Age

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