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Scientists reveal popular beverage as cancer-protective

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Author: Daria Shekina

Scientists have discovered important qualities in ordinary coffee that we drink every day. It turns out that consuming this beverage significantly reduces the risk of recurrence of one type of cancer, according to research published in the International Journal of Cancer.

A research group led by Professor Ellen Kampman from Wageningen University and research in the Netherlands has studied the relationship between coffee consumption and all cancer recurrences, as well as mortality from all causes in people with colorectal cancer.

Previous research has shown that coffee suppresses colon growth. In the new study, data from 1,719 individuals with colorectal cancer were used to investigate how coffee consumption might affect the progression of colorectal cancer.

Coffee consumption and other lifestyle characteristics were collected using special questionnaires at the time of diagnosis. Data on recurrences and mortality from all causes were taken from the Dutch Cancer Registry and personal records databases.

Over more than 6 years of observation, there were 257 recurrences and 309 deaths. Further analysis showed that consuming more than 4 cups of coffee per day was associated with a 32% reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer recurrence compared to consuming 2 cups of coffee per day.

Coffee consumption also affected overall mortality. However, this effect was non-linear, and optimal consumption ranged from 3 to 5 cups per day. Higher consumption again increased overall mortality.

Overall, the results indicate that daily coffee consumption may be associated with a low risk of colorectal cancer recurrence and a low risk of early death.

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