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Feb 8, 2006

Coffee May Not Reduce Cancer Risk

Coffee May Not Reduce Cancer Risk
Remember this blog posting from Nov 14, 2005, in which I wrote that coffee drinking may protect you from colorectal cancer.

Now researchers say that more evidence of no link between coffee and colorectal cancer.
According to Swedish study drinking as much as six cups of coffee per day has no effect on the risk of colon or rectal cancer.

Researchers say that case-control studies, mainly based in Europe, have linked more coffee to less colorectal cancer, with a meta-analysis of 12 such studies reporting high coffee consumption could reduce the risk by 28 per cent. This result has not been backed up by prospective cohort studies.

This new study, which is published on-line in the American Journal of Epidemiology, used data from two population-based cohort studies: the Swedish Mammography Cohort (61,433 women) and the Cohort of Swedish Men (45,036 men).

From 1987-1990 and followed through 2004, 1,279 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed. The volunteers drank an average of three cups of coffee per day, half a cup less than the US average.

Although the researchers recorded that the people who drank the most coffee were also more likely to be smokers and to use multivitamin supplements much less, there was no link between coffee drinking and the cancer.

No comment could be given on different types of coffee however, but claims that decaffeinated coffee is very uncommon in Sweden led the scientists to limit their claims to filtered coffee.

Sue      



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Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumor that arises from the inner wall of the large intestine or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third commonest cancer diagnosed in the United States. Each year over 100,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States. Most, of these cancers develop from growths in the colon called polyps. Removal of these polyps can prevent colon cancer.

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