A new study published in the online edition of The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has revealed that coffee may play an important role in substantially reducing the chance of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer.Â
It’s all dependent on how many cups of coffee a day a person drinks, and it doesn’t matter if it’s decaf or regular. This could be good news for members of the baby boomer generation, many of whom have been sipping their joe for decades.
Six cups or more a day was found to reduce the risk of any form of prostate cancer by 20 percent, while one to three cups showed a 30 percent lower chance of getting a lethal form of the disease. The findings remained consistent even after factors like smoking and exercise were controlled.
“At present we lack an understanding of risk factors that can be changed or controlled to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer. If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer,” said lead author Kathryn Wilson.
The American Cancer Society states that prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in men after skin cancer, and the second-leading cause of cancer death among American men.