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Reduce Lethal Prostate Cancer Risk with Coffee: New Study


According to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, Health Benefits of Coffee include lowering risk of Lethal Prostate Cancermen who drink coffee on a regular basis seem to have a lowered risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer. The lower risk was evident in men who drank coffee regularly or otherwise (decaffeinated coffee).

Said senior author Lorelei M, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH, ‘few studies have specifically studied the association of coffee intake and the risk of lethal prostate cancer, the form of the disease that is the most critical to prevent. Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee consumption could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.’ Lethal prostate cancer is a form of cancer which leads to death or spreads to the bones.

Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancer and one of the second leading causes of cancer death among men in the United States.

It affects almost one in six men during their lifetime. Over two million men in the United States and 16 million men worldwide are survivors of prostate cancer.

Says lead author Kathryn W, a research fellow in epidemiology at HSPH: ‘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.’

The risk for prostate cancer was found to be reduced in men who drank regular or decaffeinated coffee. Coffee was the focus of study for the researchers as it contains a variety of beneficial compounds which reduce inflammation, act as antioxidants and regulate insulin.

All these health benefits of coffee may have influence on prostate cancer. In prior studies, coffee has been associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, type-2 diabetes or cirrhosis.

The study focused on the association between consumption of coffee and the risk of prostate cancer. During the study period, five thousand thirty five cases of prostate cancer were reported, including six hundred and forty two fatal or metastatic cases.

However, results from this study need validation in other populations that have a range of coffee consumption habits and a substantial number of prostate cancer cases that are lethal grade.

If confirmed, the data would also add to list of other potential health benefits of coffee. Currently, the authors are planning extra studies to understand the specific mechanisms via which coffee may specifically decrease the risk of lethal prostate cancer.

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