According to a new study published in Cancer Research, professors have found a link between coffee consumption and skin cancer. Drinking enough cups of caffeinated coffee may lower your risk for developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.
Basal cell carcinoma is a slow growing form of nonmelanoma skin cancer. It begins in the top layer of the skin, which is regularly exposed to sunlight or ultraviolent rays. Individuals with moles, light-colored skin, blue, green or grey eyes and blond or red hair are said to be at the most risk. Symptoms include a skin sore that bleeds, oozes and does not heal with a depressed area in the middle.
The research was conducted on 112, 897 participants over a 20-year time frame. Generated results were obtained through an analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study. The analysis revealed an inverse association between regular coffee drinkers and the risk of this skin cancer. Another link was also seen between caffeine from all sources including coffee, tea, soda and chocolate and the risk of basal cell carcinoma.
Caffeine has the potential to block skin cancer tumor formation and is said to be the most likely cause of this link. Doctors are looking to conduct more studies to prove this definitively in an effort to help cure cancer and improve public health.
Professionals recommend that you should consume 200 to 300 milligrams, or about two to four cups of coffee a day to get the benefits. Although caffeine does the body good, it is also important not to consume too much. Drinking more than your moderate intake could lead to upset stomach, heartburn, insomnia, muscle tremors and restlessness.
– The Alternative Daily