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Coffee drinking reduces prostate cancer risk by a fifth

Published on 07/05/2013

Drinking coffee can cut the risk of prostate cancer in men by 20%, but only if you drink six cups or more a day.

Scientists disagree on the benefits of coffee

Heavy coffee drinkers were found to be less likely to develop a tumour than those who drank a few cups or none at all.

The research was published in the Annals of Oncology and is the latest study in the discussion of the benefits of coffee. The data found that the drinking of coffee may boost the level of protein adiponectin which has anti-cancer qualities.

It contradicts a report earlier this year from Dutch scientists that claimed coffee had no impact on whether one would develop a prostate tumour. The Dutch study did find, however, that the drinking of tea did show signs of reducing the risk by more than a third.

The researchers believed the debate on coffee consumption as a preventative measure of cancer was still wide open.

They said: “The evidence is still too limited to recommend men increase coffee consumption in order to lower their prostate cancer risk.”

Men over 50 are more likely to contract the disease which kills an estimated 10,000 men in the UK each year.

There are over 40,000 cases of prostate cancer in men each year with one in four of those fatal; there is believed to be a strong genetic link connected to the development of the disease.

It is thought that the UK drinks around 70 million cups of coffee a day and just last week another study claimed it could halve the risk of breast cancer.

If you want access to private cancer treatment, look for a medical insurance policy with comprehensive cancer cover.

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