Coffee can lower your risk of getting melanoma

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 21, 2015

According to a new study drinking coffee in the morning does not only wake you up but also protects you from getting a deadly skin cancer. The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. People who drink coffee are less likely to get malignant melanoma says the study.

health newsWe have found that drinking four or more cups of coffee every day reduces the risk of malignant melanoma by 20 percent says the lead author of the study, Errika Loftfiled, a doctoral Student at Yale University School of Public Health.

According to the researchers coffee reduces the damage to the skin cells caused by the ultraviolet rays of the sun and protects it from getting any cancer.

Coffee contains polphenols and caffeine that keeps the cancer fighting processes which are triggered by the UV light under control. The roasting process of coffee beans releases vitamin derivatives that protect against UV damage in mice. There’s also intriguing evidence that caffeine may act as a molecular sunscreen, absorbing UV rays and therefore protecting DNA from damage.

Skin cancer is deadliest form of cancer as it causes least 9,500 deaths annually. In 2013, at least 77,000 new cases of melanoma were recorded.

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