A cup (or four) a day helps keep the cancer away?
Feb 11, 2015 02:00PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
The SCF explains that researchers have not yet determined what aspect of coffee made the difference and acknowledged more research is needed—particularly concerning the relationship between caffeine and melanoma reduction. It is possible, Deborah S. Sarnoff, M.D. of the SCF speculates, that other variables and co-factors can come into play. For example, they may find that people who drink a lot of coffee tend to work indoors, while those who drink less have outdoor jobs. (We wonder if those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day may just be too jumpy to sit still in the sun.)
Since the findings are preliminary, the researchers concluded that the most effective way to reduce melanoma risk is to practice safe-sun habits. The SCF supports this conclusion and recommends adopting a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use.
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