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Coffee Drinkers Cut Risk of Mouth Cancer

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Cancer of the mouth affects over 30,000 people in the U.S. each year and nearly 7,000 die annually from this malignancy. The American Cancer Society has been overseeing a long-term epidemiological study of nearly one million people since the early 1980s. When the study began, none of the subjects had cancer. After 26 years of follow-up, almost 900 had died from throat or mouth cancer. Analysis of the data collected showed that those who drank at least 4 cups of coffee daily were only half as likely to die from oral cancers.

The investigators are not suggesting that people start drinking coffee to prevent cancer, but they found this research intriguing. People who do regularly drink coffee may have one more benefit to add to the list to justify their java habit. Other health benefits from drinking coffee include lower risks of heart failure, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, depression and cancers of the skin, prostate, or uterus.

[American Journal of Epidemiology, online Dec 9, 2012]

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I find it interesting but wonder what bad effects were suffered MORE by coffee drinkers.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: Excess coffee consumption (and for some people, 4 cups is excessive) can cause insomnia, anxiety and exacerbate the blood pressure response to stress.

I drink 1/2 caf - hope that is beneficial too. Is there any research on that? I have also tried to find information on using half and half versus non dairy creamers to no avail. Do you have information on that? Thanks!

I keep reading of the benefits of coffee, but none of the reports say whether it has to be caffeinated coffee or if decaf has the same benefits. I cannot have caffeine. Will decaf coffee have the same beneficial effects for me? Thanks!

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: This study did not find that decaf offered protection from mouth or throat cancer: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/news/study-coffee-may-reduce-risk-of-oral-cancer

I HATE coffee! Are there ways to get the affects without the coffee flavor?

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