A study performed by Dr. Jiali Han, an associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, shows that those who intake caffeine, more specifically coffee, were least likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. The study by the Harvard medical school included 113,000 people. Those who drank more than 3 cups of coffee daily were 17% less likely to develop the most common form of skin cancer.
The study by Dr. Han’s team showed that of the 113k people involved, almost 23,000 developed basal cell carcinoma. After factoring in other skin cancer risk factors, such as hair color and sunburn history, the researchers determined that women who consumed the most caffeine were 18% less likely to develop skin cancer, and the men who did the same were 13% less likely.
A similar decrease, in likelihood of developing cancer, was noticed in patients who took in caffeine from other sources like soda or chocolate.
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