More Coffee, Less Cancer

Researchers from Imperial College London have published a study which seems to correlate higher levels of coffee consumption in women with decreased incidences of endometrial cancer. The American Cancer Association reports that 54,870 women will be diagnosed with the cancer which affects the lining of the uterus. The study related a 19% decreased incidence of diagnoses in women who consumed three to four cups of coffee a day.

The researchers based their findings on surveys given to two test cohorts. In both cohorts, participants were asked about their daily consumption of numerous foods. 1,303 and 1,531 women who were diagnosed with endometrial cancer from each cohort submitted the questionnaire. While the first cohort of women also showed some correlation between higher levels of fat and phosphorus intake and a reduced risk of endometrial cancer, as well as higher levels of butter and carbohydrates and increased risk of endometrial cancer, the second cohort only validated the results related to coffee.

“Coffee intake is worth investigating further to see if coffee can be used for the prevention of endometrial cancer…However, before clinical recommendations can be made, further studies are needed to evaluate this question in other studies and to try to isolate the components of coffee that may be responsible for any influence on endometrial cancer,” said lead researcher Dr. Melissa Merrit.

 

Read More – Study Links Coffee Intake With Reduced Risk of Endometrial Cancer (Medical News Today, Honor Whiteman)

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Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Millan is a senior at the George Washington University studying Biological Anthropology.

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