Monday, January 12, 2009

New Research from Japan: Coffee Might Protect Against Oral Cancers

According to an AOL Health News article, a study conducted in Japan indicates that coffee may help lower the risk of developing cancer in the mouth and throat.

According the study, "among more than 38,000 study participants aged 40 to 64 years with no prior history of cancer, 157 cases of cancer of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus occurred during 13 years of follow up."

The article notes that "compared with people who did not drink coffee, those who drank one or more cups per day had half the risk of developing these cancers."

The Japanese researchers were quite surprised by the results. While their study indicates that fewer high-risk participants (those who smoked and drank alcohol) developed cancers, the researchers pointed out that not smoking and drinking is the best way to lower your risk -- but if you do continue these behaviors, drinking coffee may help.

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