Senior Citizens’ Favorite Drink Coffee Reduces Risk
of Liver Cancer
confirms claims that coffee is good for your health; liver cancer
risk includes alcohol, tobacco, obesity and diabetes
Oct. 22, 2013 – Senior citizens never tire of
hearing good news about drinking coffee – their favorite drink, by far.
The latest good news is that drinking coffee reduces the risk of
hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, by
about 40 percent, according to an up-to-date meta-analysis.
And, some data indicate
that three cups of coffee per day reduce liver cancer risk by more than
"Our research confirms past claims that coffee is
good for your health, and particularly the liver," said Carlo La Vecchia,
MD, study author from the department of epidemiology, Istituto di
Ricerche Farmacologiche "Mario Negri," and department of clinical
sciences and community health, Università degli Studi di Milan, Italy.
"The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer
might be mediated by coffee's proven prevention of diabetes, a known
risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis
and liver enzymes."
Researchers performed a meta-analysis of articles
published from 1996 through September 2012, ultimately studying 16
high-quality studies and a total of 3,153 cases. This research fills an
important gap as the last meta-analysis was published in 2007, and since
then there has been data published on more than 900 cases of HCC.
Despite the consistency of results across studies,
time periods and populations, it is difficult to establish whether the
association between coffee drinking and HCC is causal, or if this
relationship may be partially attributable to the fact that patients
with liver and digestive diseases often voluntarily reduce their coffee
"It remains unclear whether coffee drinking has an
additional role in liver cancer prevention," added Dr. La Vecchia. "But,
in any case, such a role would be limited as compared to what is
achievable through the current measures."
Primary liver cancers are largely avoidable through
hepatitis B virus vaccination, control of hepatitis C virus transmission
and reduction of alcohol drinking. These three measures can, in
principle, avoid more than 90 percent of primary liver cancer worldwide.
Liver cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the
world, and the third most common cause of cancer death. HCC is the main
type of liver cancer, accounting for more than 90 percent of cases
worldwide. Chronic infections with hepatitis B and C viruses are the
main causes of liver cancer; other relevant risk factors include
alcohol, tobacco, obesity and diabetes.
The research is published in Clinical
Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice
journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.
About the AGA Institute
The American Gastroenterological Association is the
trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to
include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all
aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology.
The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational
programs of the organization.
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