A Cup Java and Prevent Fatal Prostate Cancer

Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to a recent multicenter study.

The study’s authors from Harvard Medical School also found that the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee.

The study examined the association between coffee consumption and the risk of aggressive prostate cancer among 47,911 U.S. men who reported their coffee consumption every 4 years from 1986 to 2008. During the study period, 5,035 cases of prostate cancer were reported, including 642 fatal or metastatic cases.

Findings included the following:

Men who consumed the most coffee (six or more cups daily) had nearly a 20% lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer.

Men who drank the most coffee had a 60% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.

Results from the study were published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (May 17, 2011).

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