Thursday, April 10, 2014

Daily java may keep liver cancer free

LA TIMES – April 10, 2014 – Three to four cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of developing liver cancer, say researchers at USC and the University of Hawaii. They reported their findings at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting this week in San Diego of an analysis of 179,890 people who participated in the Multiethnic Cohort Study between 1993 and 1996. Participants reported their coffee consumption and other dietary and lifestyle choices and were followed over 18 years for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) the most common form of liver cancer. During that time 498 participants developed HCC. Compared to non-drinkers or low coffee consumers, people who consumed one to three cups of coffee per day had a 29 percent reduction in risk of HCC and those who had four or more cups of coffee per day had a 42 percent reduction in liver cancer. The results were similar regardless of the participants’ ethnicity, sex, BMI, smoking status, alcohol intake, or diabetes status. 

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