Coffee And Cancer Research

Coffee And Cancer Research

New research looks at positive developments for coffee drinkers and fighting cancer. ABC 36's Lauren Gawthrop takes a closer look.
Good news, coffee drinkers! Researchers have found the more java you drink, the more you may be protecting yourself against certain skin cancers.

According to a new report published in "Cancer Research", a journal of the American Association For Cancer Research, drinking more caffeinated coffee could lower your chances of developing one form of skin cancer.

Researchers analyzed data from the famous nurses' health study on more than 112,000 people.

One fifth of those people had developed basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, over a 20 year period.

Investigators found the more someone drank caffeinated coffee, the lower their risk of developing this form of cancer.

Scientists noted caffeine was key, because tea, cola and chocolate, all of which contain caffeine also seemed to cut a person's risk.

Basal cell carcinoma is a slow growing skin cancer. Although it is not as serious as melanoma, it can still lead to permanent damage as well as death if not taken care of.

Doctors say this doesn't mean people should be drinking coffee by the gallons. They say this is just the first step and more research is needed to better understand why caffeine cuts someone's risk of developing this form of skin cancer.

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