Recently, I read somewhere that coffee drinking will reduce the risk of cancer and my friend is arguing that it causes cancer. What have you read about this? What is the truth?
– Ken in Oklahoma
As recently as December, 2012, the American Cancer Society released the results of a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that found people who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day were at about half the risk of dying from oral/pharyngeal cancer or throat cancer than those who only drank coffee occasionally or never drank coffee. It was based on a study of over 900,000 men and women who were cancer free at the start of the study and consumed a minimum of four cups of coffee daily. Over a course of 26 years, only 868 people died from oral/pharyngeal cancer. They have only made an association which means more studies will be conducted over time. If you are a coffee lover, this is very encouraging but again, more time and studies need to be done to confirm these results.
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