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Coffee, Favorite Drink of Seniors, Provides Protection from Basal Cell Carcinoma

Women get almost twice as much protection as men among 3-cup a day drinkers - see video

A senior, Karen Teaser, shares her story on You Tube of how she was diagnosed and treated at Mayo Clinic in Arizona for a basal cell carcinoma. Also, she offers tips on how to protect yourself against skin cancer. See video below.

Oct. 26, 2011 – Anytime caffeine is found to have a positive effect on health, it is good news for senior citizens – coffee is by far the favorite drink of older Americans. The latest good news comes from a large study finding that drinking coffee provides protection from basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

The less than exciting news is that caffeine does not appear to offer the same protection from squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) or the more deadly melanoma.

 “Given the nearly 1 million new cases of BCC diagnosed each year in the United States, daily dietary factors with even small protective effects may have great public health impact,” said researcher Fengju Song, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the department of dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

 

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Older Women See Depressions Go Down as Coffee Drinking Goes Up

Depression is chronic and recurring condition affecting twice as many women as men; includes about 1 of every 5 U.S. women

Sept. 26, 2011

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“Our study indicates that coffee consumption may be an important option to help prevent BCC.”

The study was presented at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, Oct. 22-25.

Data were taken from the Nurses’ Health Study (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (Harvard School of Public Health). In the Nurses’ Health Study, 72,921 participants were followed from June 1984 to June 2008.

In the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, 39,976 participants were followed from June 1986 to June 2008.

The researchers reported 25,480 incident skin cancer cases. Of those, 22,786 were BCC, 1,953 were SCC, and 741 were melanoma.

Women benefit the most from coffee

Song and colleagues reported that women who consumed more than three cups of coffee per day had a 20 percent reduction in risk for BCC, and men who consumed more than three cups per day had a nine percent risk reduction compared with people who consumed less than one cup per month.

The amount of coffee consumption was inversely associated with BCC risk. Those in the highest quintile had the lowest risk, with an 18 percent reduction for women and a 13 percent reduction for men.

Song and colleagues were surprised by the inverse connection in BCC cases only.

Animal studies have suggested an association between coffee intake and skin cancer risk, but epidemiologic studies have not conclusively shown the same results, they said.

“Mouse studies have shown that oral or topical caffeine promotes elimination of UV-damaged keratinocytes via apoptosis (programmed cell death) and markedly reduces subsequent SCC development,” Song said.

“However, in our cohort analysis, we did not find any inverse association between coffee consumption and the risk for SCC.”

Song said that additional studies specifically addressing the association between coffee consumption and BCC and the mechanism behind this association are warranted.

Links to More Archived Stories About Coffee

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


More Evidence that Coffee Protects from Diabetes; Caffeine Probably the Cause

Encouraging news for seniors who are major targets of diabetes and love coffee

June 8, 2010


New Study Says Caffeine Slows Alzheimer's, Other Dementias, Restores Cognitive Function

Positive impact of caffeine on cognition and memory performance, other benefits of caffeine in special supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease - (Amsterdam) May 17, 2010


Regular Coffee, Decaf and Tea All Associated With Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Info more than doubled since coffee first linked to reducing diabetes risk; unlikely just related to caffeine

Dec. 14, 2009


Favorite Drink of Senior Citizens, Coffee Appears to Fight Advanced Prostate Cancer

More good news for senior men is FDA consideration of prostate cancer vaccine, Provenge

Dec. 8, 2009


Caffeine Miraculously Restores Memory in Old Mice with Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

Coffee, the favorite drink of senior citizens, sure to get more popular with discovery of the memory recovery power of five cups a day that reduces beta-amyloid protein in blood

July 6, 2009


Good News for Seniors: Coffee Kills Pain When You Exercise, May Help Performance, Too

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

April 1, 2009


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

It only works for healthy women but two cups a day does the trick; unfortunately, many heavy coffee drinkers tend to smoke

Feb. 17, 2009


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

Drinking 3-5 cups per day shows best results – lowers Alzheimer’s risk by 65%

Jan. 28, 2009


Women Drinking Large Amounts of Coffee May Lower Their Risk of Death

Study finds coffee drinkers – caffeinated and decaf - with slightly lower death rates; men about even

June 17, 2008 - Video link in story


Chemists Say They Now Know How to Remove Bitterness from Coffee

Great news for senior citizens who already prefer coffee to sex

Aug. 22, 2007


Older Women Who Drink Three Cups of Coffee Daily Protect Memory

Caffeine appears to reduce cognitive decline, but not in men

Aug. 7, 2007


Drinking Coffee May Offer Senior Men Protection from Gout Arthritis

Something in coffee lowers uric acid levels in blood - May 25, 2007


Senior Citizens Drinking Lots of Caffeine Lower Risk of Heart Disease Death

No significant protective effect in patients below the age of 65 - Feb. 23, 2007


Senior Citizens Find Surprisingly ‘Good News’ in 30 Years of Coffee Research

'Many negative health myths about coffee drinking may now be transformed into validated health benefits' - Jan. 22, 2007


Most Adults Won’t Give Up Sex for Staying Young, Senior Citizens Won’t Give Up Coffee

April 20, 2004


Adding Sugar to Your Coffee Could Lead to Pancreatic Cancer

Adding sugar to food or drinks five times a day increases risk 70% - Nov. 8, 2006


Senior Coffee Addicts Who Choose Decaf to Avoid Caffeine May Be in for a Jolt

October 11, 2006


Coffee Drinking Associated with Lower Risk for Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

June 13, 2006


Even Excessive Coffee Drinking Does Not Increase Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

April 25, 2006


Is Coffee the Solution to Everything from Cancer to Female Sex Drive?

Jan. 18, 2006

More Coffee Benefits (Science Daily)

New Evidence That Drinking Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes (June 10, 2010) — Scientists are reporting new evidence that drinking coffee may help prevent diabetes and that caffeine may be the ingredient largely responsible for this ... > read more

Coffee Consumption Associated With Reduced Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer (Dec. 8, 2009) — While it is too early for physicians to start advising their male patients to take up the habit of regular coffee drinking, new data revealed a strong inverse association between coffee consumption ... > read more

Higher Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Liver Cancer Risk (June 27, 2008) — A new large, prospective population-based study confirms an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk. The study also found that higher levels of gamma-glutamyltransferase ... > read more

Coffee Drinking Related To Reduced Risk Of Liver Cancer (Aug. 2, 2007) — A new study on the relationship between coffee drinking and the risk of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) confirmed that there is an inverse association between coffee consumption and HCC, ... > read more

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