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Could Coffee Lower Men's Risk for Prostate Cancer?
Date:5/18/2011

nd that women who drank five or more cups of coffee per day saw a significant drop in their risk for a particularly aggressive form of breast tumor. The Swedish study, from a team at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was published in Breast Cancer Research.

Commenting on the Harvard team's findings, Eric Jacobs, strategic director of pharmacoepidemiology at the American Cancer Society, called it a large, well-designed study. But he stressed that, so far, it remains the only study to show such a link.

"It is premature to conclude that drinking coffee might help prevent fatal prostate cancer," he said. "We do, however, know that both smoking and obesity are associated with higher risk of fatal prostate cancer, as well as death from many other diseases. So it is fine to enjoy a nice cup of coffee, but avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy weight are among the surest ways to stay healthy."

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For more information on prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Kathryn Wilson, Ph.D., research fellow in epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Eric Jacobs, Ph.D., strategic director of pharmacoepidemiology, American Cancer Society; May 17, 2011, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online


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