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Drinking this beverage may reduce cancer risk

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A study by Chinese scientists suggests that drinking coffee may reduce the likelihood of developing cancer.

The study published in the March 15, 2011 issue of BMC Cancer shows that those who drank coffee regularly were 13 percent less likely to suffer cancer, compared with those who did not drink.

Xiaofeng Yu of Huadong Hpsital Fudan University in Shanghai China and colleagues searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, Science Citation Index and other sources and identified 59 studies for the current review or meta-analysis.

The inverse association between drinking coffee and cancer risk was derived from a meta-analysis of data from the 59 studies.

The researchers also found heavy coffee drinkers were 18 percent less likely to develop cancer while those who drank low to moderate amounts of coffee daily were at 11 percent reduced risk for cancer.

Overall, increasing coffee consumption by 1 cup per day was correlated with a 3 percent reduction in the cancer risk.

To be specific, coffee drinking was linked to reduce risk for "bladder, breast, buccal and pharyngeal, colorectal, endometrial, esophageal, hepatocellular, leukemic, pancreatic, and prostate cancers."

By David Liu, Ph.D.

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