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Long-term coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk for
endometrial cancer, according to a recent study in Cancer Epidemiology,
Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer
Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., professor of nutrition and
epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, said coffee is emerging as
a protective agent in cancers that are linked to obesity, estrogen and
“Coffee has already been shown to be protective against diabetes
due to its effect on insulin,” said Giovannucci, a senior researcher on the
study. “So we hypothesized that we’d see a reduction in some cancers as
Giovannucci, along with Youjin Je, a doctoral candidate in his
lab, and colleagues observed cumulative coffee intake in relation to endometrial
cancer in 67,470 women who enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study.
the course of 26 years of follow-up, researchers documented 672 cases of
Drinking more than four cups of coffee per day was
linked with a 25 percent reduced risk for endometrial cancer. Drinking between
two and three cups per day was linked with a 7 percent reduced risk.
similar link was seen in decaffeinated coffee, where drinking more than two cups
per day was linked with a 22 percent reduced risk for endometrial
Giovannucci said he hopes this study will lead to further
inquiries about the effect of coffee on cancer because in this and similar
studies, coffee intake is self-selected and not randomized.
long been linked with smoking, and if you drink coffee and smoke, the positive
effects of coffee are going to be more than outweighed by the negative effects
of smoking,” said Giovannucci. “However, laboratory testing has found that
coffee has much more antioxidants than most vegetables and fruits.”The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to
prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world’s oldest
and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer
research.This article was first published at newswise.com