According to a research by American Association for Cancer Research, people who drink coffee are at a reduced risk of developing Basal Cell Carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. And the more they drink lesser the risk !!
Researchers from Bringham and Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School presented their findings at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, explaining that there is an inverse association between coffee consumption and basal cell carcinoma risk.They found 25,480 incidences of skin cancer, 22,786 of the basal cell carcinoma, 1953 squamous cell carcinoma and 741 melanoma.
The data showed that women who consumed more than three cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma compared to those who drank less than a cup a month. For men, the reduced risk was more modest, at just 9 percent.
No association was found between coffee consumption and either squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. Researchers also found that there was no reduction in skin cancer risk among those who drank decaffeinated coffee.
About Basal Cell Carcinoma:
Basal cell carcinoma, also known as (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. In this disease, the cancer looks like the basal cells of the outer layer of skin (epidermis). They usually start off as a "sore that will not heal". The sore, often a bleeding or scabbing one, gets better and then comes back and starts bleeding. Most commonly, BCC emerge on the neck and face; the parts of the body most exposed to the sun. However, a fair proportion also appears on the leg, scalp, or abdomen. In the majority of cases they are locally invasive, they do not metastasize (spread to other parts of the body).