Coffee May Protect Against Some Skin Cancers

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A new study suggests that people who are in the habit of drinking coffee regularly may be protected against malignant melanoma, the leading cause of skin-cancer in the United States according to

Melanoma skin cancer is mainly caused by exposure to UV radiation. This can be through natural sunlight or the artificial light used in sunbeds. More than 1 million cases skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year, according to the American Melanoma Foundation.

According to study researcher Erikka Loftfield, a study researcher and a doctoral student at the Yale School of Public Health and a fellow at the National Cancer Institute. “It’s possible that caffeine itself, or another compound found in caffeinated coffee, could be offering protection. Our results, and some from other recent studies, should provide reassurance to coffee consumers that drinking coffee is not a risky thing to do,” Loftfield told Live Science.

Participants who drank four cups of, non-decaf, coffee per day were 20 percent less likely to get malignant melanoma compared to those who did not  drink the four cups of coffee reported

“Since the majority of coffee drinkers in our study primarily drank caffeinated coffee, we had better statistical power to detect an association for caffeinated than for decaffeinated coffee drinking,” stated Loftfield as reported by

In addition to skin cancer prevention, coffee consumption has been linked to the prevention of other diseases, including Alzheimers, colon cancer, prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes, according a blog posted by  titled, ” 11 Diseases Coffee Can Prevent.”

“Study after study has been showing the cancer fighting properties of coffee because of the rich antioxidants it contains,”reported

“While the coffee/cancer research isn’t definitive,” stated, ” it does reveal that drinking coffee is probably far more beneficial than harmful as long as the person can metabolize caffeine correctly and doesn’t suffer from a caffeine allergy or from excessive use. People should also note that because of the caffeine in coffee, moderation is also recommended and less than 400mg of caffeine from all sources a day seems to be a safe level for most healthy adults,” added the source.