Four coffees a day ‘will keep mouth cancer at bay’

June 23, 2010

Drinking four cups of coffee a day protects against oral cancer, a study shows.
People with a heavy coffee habit are 39 per cent less likely to suffer from cancers of the mouth and pharynx, it suggests, quoted.
Doctors say people should drink coffee in moderation because caffeine can increase heart rate and blood pressure.
However, the researchers insist evidence is strong that some of the 1,000 chemicals in coffee – including antioxidants – can offer protection against the cancers.
The American scientists used information gleaned from nine studies from Europe, America and Central America, which compared the coffee habits of around 5,000 cancer patients and more than 9,000 healthy people.
After taking into account smoking, diet and alcohol habits, they found that regular coffee drinkers were 39 per cent less likely to develop cancers of the mouth and pharynx than people who drank no coffee.
Lead author Dr Mia Hashibe, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, said: ‘Since coffee is so widely used and there is a relatively high incidence and low survival rate of these forms of cancers, our results have important public health implications that need to be further addressed.
What makes our results so unique is that we had a very large sample size, and since we combined data across many studies, we had more statistical power to detect associations between cancer and coffee.’
Around 5,500 Britons are diagnosed with cancers of the lips, tongue, tonsils, gum and other parts of the mouth each year, while 1,800 people die from the disease.

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