Coffee’s anti-cancer link explained: Study
AFP: Coffee’s anti-cancer link explained: study.
Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer by helping kill off damaged cells that could otherwise turn into tumors, according to a US study published on Monday.
The findings indicate that moderate caffeine drinking, or perhaps even applying coffee to the skin, could be useful in warding off non-melanoma cancer, the most commonly diagnosed of all skin cancers.
After 19 weeks of ultraviolet light exposure, the engineered mice showed 69 percent fewer tumors and four times fewer invasive tumors than the control group.
The study was conducted at the National Academy of Sciences, and focused on an enzyme called ATR. By suppressing this enzyme, cells in the skin that are prone to damage by UV rays are killed off. Of course, more studies must be done on the possible adverse affects of ATR loss on the body. Also, human trials and experiments are necessary.
NeilS — If you are trapped outside this summer without sunscreen, just hop over to your local Starbucks and indulge. Interestingly, the study suggests that applying the coffee to the skin directly could also be beneficial in skin cancer prevention.
Clearly, more testing needs to be done in this field, but it is something that coffee drinkers can feel good about for now.