Coffee Consumption Linked To Reduced Melanoma Risk

Posted on January 27, 2015

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coffee-sunscreen-laying-in-sun-prevents-skin-cancer-melanomaA research study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that there is a link between coffee consumption and skin cancer. The more coffee you drink, the less you are prone to develop cutaneous melanoma, the 5th most common cancer in the USA.

Can coffee be the new sunscreen now? Well the researchers aren’t sure the answer is a YES, but they think coffee may play a “plausible” protective role in UVB-induced carcinogenesis. Coffee contains a ton of bioactive compounds, such as caffeine, polyphenols, diterpenes, and trigonellines. The process of coffee roasting produces nicotinic acid (vitamin B3) — a study in mice shows that this molecule inhibits UVB-induced carcinogenesis. Coffee may also help detoxify carcinogens.

There may be other factors related to coffee drinkers that may help explain the reduced chances of developing skin cancer so scientists cannot conclude that coffee is a sunscreen agent. But this research is very interesting and more studies should be undertaken to see if there is a direct link between coffee and melanoma.

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