Could America’s Favorite Bean Help Fight Skin Cancer?

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It looks like that morning cup of coffee might be doing more than just giving you that little boost. We have all received the many mixed signals of the benefits and risks of drinking coffee, but lately is seems as though the pros out weigh the cons.

The benefits have been popping up in the news, especially in reference to certain cancers. Not long ago, we started to hear claims that drinking coffee helped to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The latest studies are saying that America’s caffeine addiction may be benefitting our skin.

Recent studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of having one of the most common forms of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinomas, a cancer that rarely spreads or comes back once removed, is the type of skin cancer that was found to be the most affected by caffeine.

Women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day were found to be 20% less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than women who drank less than one cup per month. In men, the study showed that those who drank more than three cups of coffee were 9% less likely to develop the disease than those who only drank less than one cup per month (As reported on

For those of you who like the taste of coffee minus the jitters from caffeine, you are out of luck. Decaffeinated coffee did not yield the same positive results. The studies done previously on caffeine consumption in animals showed that the caffeine helped to eliminate skin cells damaged by ultraviolet radiation.

So don’t be afraid to enjoy that beloved cup of coffee in the morning, but remember that it doesn’t replace your sunscreen!