Washington: Increasing the number of cups of coffee you drink daily could lower your risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, a new study has claimed, but cautioned that one should not start consuming the beverage excessively based on this finding.Researchers at Brigham and Women`s Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston found that people who drank more cups of caffeinated coffee had a reduced risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer which causes considerable morbidity despite being a slow-grower."Our data indicate that the more caffeinated coffee you consume, the lower your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma," said Jiali Han, who led the research."I would not recommend increasing your coffee intake based on these data alone. However, our results add basal cell carcinoma to a list of conditions for which risk is decreased with increasing coffee consumption," Han said."The list includes conditions with serious negative health consequences such as type 2 diabetes and Parkinson`s disease.""Given the large number of newly diagnosed cases, daily dietary changes having any protective effect may have an impact on public health," said Han. For the study, published in the journal Cancer Research, Han and his colleagues conducted a prospective analysis of data from two long-running study aimed at finding factors that influence people`s health. Of the 112,897 participants included in the analyses, 22,786 developed basal cell carcinoma during the more than 20 years of follow-up in the two studies.
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