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Newswise — PHILADELPHIA — 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 Research.
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 insulin.
“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 well.”
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
During the course of 26 years of follow-up, researchers documented
672 cases of endometrial cancer.
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
A similar link was seen in decaffeinated coffee, where drinking
more than two cups per day was linked with a 22 percent reduced risk for
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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
“Coffee has 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.”This article was first published on: www.newswise.com
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