Three cups of coffee a day to help keep skin cancer away?

Drinking copious amounts of coffee may reduce the risk of the most common type of skin cancer, a new study finds.  Women in the study who drank more than three cups of coffee a day were 20 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, a slow-growing form of skin cancer, than those who drank less than one cup a month.

Men in the study who consumed more than three cups of coffee had a 9 percent reduction in their basal cell carcinoma risk. Drinking coffee did not reduce the risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, the study found. Basal cell carcinomas rarely spread to other parts of the body, and rarely return if they are promptly removed. However, any apparent health benefit that is found to come from our diet is a plus, the researchers say. Read more…

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