Coffee Might Guard Against Head, Neck Cancers06/18/10
FRIDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee may help protect
against head and neck cancers, a new review finds.
Researchers analyzed nine studies collected by the International
Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology consortium. They found that
regular coffee drinkers (four or more cups a day) were 39 percent
less likely to develop oral and pharynx cancers than people who
didn't drink coffee.
"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," lead researcher Mia Hashibe, an assistant professor in the department of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah, said in an American Association for Cancer Research news release.
"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," she added.
The study appears in the current issue of the journal
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
A number of recent studies have suggested that coffee may help
prevent cancers, including prostate cancer and brain tumors.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about
head and neck cancer.
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