Caffeine May Reduce Oral Cancer Risk

Coffee2In a study conducted by the American Cancer Society, people who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day were at half the risk of death from mouth and throat cancers than occasional or non-coffee drinkers.

Consumption of more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer death relative to no or occasional coffee intake.

Researchers believe that the variety of antioxidants, polyphenols and other biologically active compounds in coffee may help to protect against development or progression of cancers. The finding makes it worth further investigation to determine if coffee consumption can lead to a better prognosis after a diagnosis of oral cancer.

An estimated 40,250 new cases and 7,850 deaths from these mouth and throat cancers were expected in the United States during 2012. Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop and die from cancer of the oral cavity or pharynx.

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, so its effects on human health are of considerable interest to researchers.

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