Wednesday, May 25. 2011
In a Harvard University study that was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) on Tuesday, researchers explained that the antioxidant powers of coffee may protect men from developing prostate cancer.
"Few studies have specifically studied the association of coffee intake and the risk of lethal prostate cancer," Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard school of public health told the Harvard Gazette. "Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer."
The study, which began in 1986, surveyed the coffee intake of 47,911 men, who checked in approximately every four years. Researchers found that men who consumed six or more cups of regular or decaf coffee every day were at lower risk overall for the deadly cancer, according to the JNCI.
Furthermore, those who consumed greater amounts of java were found to be at reduced risk of developing a lethal, or metastatic, form of the disease, according to The New York Times.
While scientists are not telling men to bump up their coffee intake just yet, the results of the study are promising, and could lead to more prevention and fewer health insurance woes related to prostate cancer in the future.
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