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Coffee can cut risk of prostate cancer, says study

Thu, 19 May 2011

Drinking large amounts of coffee each day could lower the risk of men developing prostate cancer, a new study has suggested.

Led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, the study analysed data on nearly 50,000 men in the US.

Publishing their report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the researchers found those who drank six or more cups a day were found to be 20 per cent less likely to develop any form of prostate cancer.

Furthermore, they were also 60 per cent less likely to develop an aggressive form of the disease, which can spread to other parts of the body.

Lead researcher Dr Kathryn Wilson said: "At present we lack an understanding of risk factors that can be changed or controlled to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.

"If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer."

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK with around 37,000 men diagnosed with the disease every year.
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