The caffeine in coffee may reduce risk for deadly skin cancer
Latest research on caffeine's possible health benefits
The latest study, published Tuesday 20th January 2015 in JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, finds coffee may lower the risk for the most serious type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. Prior research has shown caffeine may help prevent other types of non-melanoma skin cancers.
Interestingly, Decaffeinated coffee did not provide the same protective benefits.
This is the first large-scale study to look specifically at malignant melanoma, which is the fifth most common cancer in the U.S. and the leading cause of skin cancer deaths.
For the study, researchers analysed data from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study on more than 447,000 non-Hispanic whites, who are at higher risk of skin cancer. Study subjects filled out questionnaires about their eating habits, including coffee drinking, and were followed-up after about 10 years.
The researchers found that frequent coffee drinkers -- those who consumed four cups or more per day -- had a 20 percent lower risk for developing malignant melanoma than those who drank less coffee. The researchers also observed the protective benefits of coffee increased the more a person drank.
While the results of this new study are encouraging for users of Superfast Energy Gum (and coffee drinkers!), the authors say their findings are preliminary and they called for further research into the impact coffee and caffeine may have on developing melanoma.