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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Coffee May Cut Risk of Prostate Cancer

Coffee May Cut Risk of Prostate Cancer

Study Shows Regular Coffee Drinkers Have 60% Lower Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Dec. 7, 2009 -- Drinking coffee regularly may help lower the risk of advanced prostate cancer, a study shows.

The study, presented this week at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research in Houston, shows men who drank the most coffee were nearly 60% less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than non-coffee drinkers.

Researchers say it's too early to start recommending that men start drinking coffee to help prevent prostate cancer, but the results are encouraging.

"Very few lifestyle factors have been consistently associated with prostate cancer risk, especially with risk of aggressive disease, so it would be very exciting if this association is confirmed in other studies," says researcher Kathryn M. Wilson, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, in a news release. "Our results do suggest there is no reason to stop drinking coffee out of any concern about prostate cancer."



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